”It is a council organized at the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels that serves as the umbrella organization for all children’s concerns. It is a council fully harnessed to be an efficient and effective advocate of child’s rights that implements all children’s programs at the local levels.
Role of DILG:
The DILG facilitates and provides Technical Assistance in the organization of LCPC and spearheads the monitoring the functionality of LCPCs at all levels (DILG MCs 2002-121 and 2005-7)”
-Taken from a Government website
Children are the most valuable assets of the nation, says the DILG circular I’ve read. Most valuable assets. In accounting, when we say something is an asset, we expect future benefits to flow to us (the owning entity) as a result of our holding that same asset. For example, land is an asset; when someone owns land, he expects to receive future benefits (like sale of the land or increase in its value – appreciation – or perhaps earnings if he’ll have it rented) as a result of his ownership of the land. But in the case of children, we cannot say that we own them. It’s true that not all aspects of an asset apply to this asset-child analogy, but I see a very important aspect here: the benefits that the nation will receive in the future because of its children. This benefit I’m talking about is the benefit of taking the nation out of the quagmire of poverty and despair it is in these days.
On another note, the theme of this year’s children’s month may prima facie seem a little too technical, something like only a few could relate to it. But after researching some government sites, I’ve seen its universal applicability and benefit. What it says is that we should all help mobilize and strengthen the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), the arm of the local government which ensures that the society where our children grow, are formed, and develop will be conducive to their optimal formation as good citizens of this nation.
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” ~Stacia Tauscher
Countless authors and prominent figures have stated their faith in the children of society as the hope of the latter. They say that in the hands of the children rests the future. Indeed, if one does not see hope in the current state of society, he has no other resort but to look upon the children, those who will compose the next generation of Homo Sapiens. When someone sees nothing but darkness today, he will surely resort to dreaming of seeing the light tomorrow. When someone is hounded by evil, he has nowhere else to look but forward. However, do we ever think that these children to whom we put so much pressure at becoming good citizens in the future are still children who need to be children at the present moment? I am not against proper formation of children. What I want to say is we should not deprive them of their childhood for they can only have it once. It’s a horrible realization to see that you have missed (or have been deprived of) your childhood. I can tell you that.
Remember that children are the most valuable investments of time, love, energy, and resources that we can ever have. Let us not put to waste this investment by not providing them with the proper formation in the proper societal setting. But let us not also forget that they are children who need to be children.