IRR on creation of office for kid’s concerns approved on 2nd reading

LAWMAKERS unanimously approved on second reading Friday the proposed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the amended Davao City Children’s Welfare Code creating the Special Office for Children’s Concerns (SOCC).

Councilor Avegayle Ortiz-Omalza, proponent of the resolution, said the office will craft policies and coordinate programs for the protection of children. It will also monitor reports of abuses involving children, children-in-conflict-with-the-law, and file complaints “on cases of unlawful acts committed against children.”

One of the provisions also include the designation of an ombudsperson for children who will be supported by a full legal staff.

The SOCC will serve as the secretariat of the Davao City Council for the Welfare of Children that will act as a recommended body for the formulation of policies, operations and development of all existing programs and projects designed for children, and will maintain a structure that allows participatory management of its program of action.

The office will be composed of an SOCC head; coordinating, monitoring and evaluation section; regulatory section; integrated children coordination, monitoring and evaluation section; and integrated regulatory section.

The ombudsperson will be appointed by the city mayor.

The SOCC will also closely coordinate with the barangays, the CSSDO, the Department of Education, the local government, non-government organizations, the Department of Labor and Employment, City Health Office, police and other concerned agencies that work for the welfare of the children.

Based on the proposed IRR of the amended Davao City Children’s Welfare Code, the SOCC will submit a separate annual budget equivalent to 5% of the annual development fund or gross income of the city.

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