The progress of the implementation of activities under the 8th Country Program for Children (CPC was discussed between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Provincial Steering Committee (PSC) during the End-of-Year Review today, October 13, 2021 at Ibabao Hall, Provincial Capitol, Catarman.
Deputy Representative Behzad Noubary led the UNICEF team as the province presented the status of implementation in the four outcome areas of: 1) Health and Nutrition, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); 2) Education, and Early Child Care and Development; 3) Child Protection; and 4) Social Policy and Governance, from the members of the PSC chaired by Governor Edwin Ongchuan.
“For the last three years of implementation of the CPC 8 in Northern Samar, we would like to recognize the dedication and hardwork of our provincial and municipal LGU colleagues, our civil society partners, together with UNICEF Program focal points, which contribute towards the achievement of results in health, nutrition, WASH, adolescent health, education, child protection, and child-centered DRR,” UNICEF Deputy Representative Behzad Noubary said in his solidarity message.
Key lessons learned and the proposed adjustments and considerations to the program for the next two years were also discussed. Provincial Social Welfare Officer Jenny Darish, head of the Human Development and Poverty Alleviation Cluster of the PGNS, presented to UNICEF the priority agenda and areas of cooperation for children in Northern Samar.
Since the 1990s, UNICEF has been helping and assisting the Province of Northern Samar in different activities and services that involve the welfare of children. It has been extending support to projects such as the First 1000 Days Program (F1KD) that focuses on preventing malnutrition in children; Prevention, Early Identification, Referral, and Intervention for Delays, Disorders, and Disabilities in Early Childhood (PEIRIDDEC) that addresses issues and challenges of children with disabilities; and School-In-a-Bag that assists children in their learnings, among others.
“We should invest more for our children because investing on them means investing for the future generations. This would be our greatest contribution to humanity—a lasting legacy for the benefit and enjoyment of the generations to come,” this was emphasized by Vice Governor Gary M. Lavin as he welcomed the PSC members and the UNICEF delegation to the event.