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State of the Children Address 2016

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2016 State of the Children Report



Every child has the right to health, education and protection, and every society has a stake in expanding children’s opportunities in life. Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born.

As enshrined in our 1987 Constitution, the State shall defend the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse cruelty, exploitation and other conditions prejudicial to their development.

In the light of this mandate, the City Government of Cotabato’s commitment to the welfare and protection of children, particularly on the rights to survival, protection, development and participation of children has always been our priority agenda of governance.

Because of this binding duty, the City Government appropriated a quarter of our 2016 Annual Investment and Development Program budget for children’s welfare programs alone.

The City Government also provides annual support the institutional development and capability building program of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC). This year, over and above the allocation of the City Government and the Barangays for the Local Councils for the Protection of Children, a total of P 120,000.00 is allocated for organizational capacity enhancement and training of BCPC members, advocacy on children’s laws and rights and evaluation of BCPC functionality.

The Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF), being chaired by the City DILG, is tasked to oversee the BCPC’s functionality.

By the way, nais ko pong ibalita sa inyong lahat na patuloy na tumataas ang bilang ng mga kumpanyang naglalagak ng puhunan sa Cotabato City. Ngayong taon lamang, mahigit 100 million pesos na halaga ng mga investment ang pumasok sa ating lungsod. Base din sa report ng ating kapulisan, malaki ang ibinaba ng mga krimen na nagaganap dito sa Cotabato City ngayong taon kung ikukumpara sa mga nakaraang taon.

Dahil sa mga pagbabagong ito, dumadami na rin ang ating mga kababayan mula sa mga karatig lugar ang pinili ng mamuhay sa ating lungsod na naging sanhi ng pagtaas ng ating populasyon.

In the most recent census published on June 8, 2016, it was revealed that there are now at least 299, 438 persons living in Cotabato City.

The census revealed that the city’s female population outnumbered their male counterparts, comprising 50.9% against 49.1% for male or about 96 males for every 100 females.

The median age of the population of the city is 21.6 years, which means that half of our population is younger than 21.6 years old.

Moreover, 35.1% of the household population is under 15 years old. Children aged 5 to 9 years old comprises the largest age group at 12.2 percent, followed by those in the age groups 10 to 14 years old and 15 to 19 years old at 11.9% each.

Of the city’s population by group classification and projection, the School Going age population comprises 45.3% of the total population; they belong to ages 3 to 22 years old. Nearly 10.6% of them are in Pre-school, ages 3-6 years old; 15% are in Elementary Level, 10% are in Secondary and 14% are in Tertiary level.

Given this data, it is very clear that we, the adults, are outnumbered by our next generations. For this very reason, the city government and its partners are trying to improve and to add more to the services that we are extending, especially those that benefit our young ones.