BENGUET officials recently approved an ordinance enacting parental responsibility for the protection of children’s rights in the province.
Known as the Benguet Province Code of Parental Responsibility (BP-CPR), it covers all persons exercising parental authority and responsibility over their children.
The code is pursuant to the United Nation’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which cites the best interest of the child will be paramount consideration in the enactment of laws that would enable the child to enjoy special protection, including protection from all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation.
The ordinance also aims to protect the interest of children from reckless, careless, and negligent parents and to shield them from dangerous or predatory situations arising from such irresponsibility through local legislation.
The approved ordinance includes parental authority and responsibility, special parental authority, non-renunciation or transfer of parental authority and responsibility, suspension or termination of parental authority, duties of parents and the rights of child, child rights violations, child labor and other act or condition prejudicial to the child’s development.
In all cases of violations under the ordinance, the parent concerned will undergo Parent Effectiveness Service Sessions to be conducted in their respective barangays in addition to the penalty imposed.
Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) will immediately summon the parents concerned of their child.
Social worker in the province will also conduct the Parent Effectiveness Service Sections in the barangays, and will teach, train and develop proper barangay personnel in the conduct of such activities.
The provincial legal office in coordination with the Provincial Board committee chair for the welfare of children and family concerns are tasked to promulgate rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the ordinance.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 23, 2017.
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