Photo Caption: RDC-CAR Chairperson and Apayao Gov. Elias C. Bulut, Jr. (left photo, middle) leads the discussion and approval of the RPAC (right) during the Council’s First Quarter meeting. Seated with the RDC-CAR Chairperson is RDC-CAR Vice-Chairperson and NEDA-CAR Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling and Presidential Assistant for Northern Luzon, Assistant Secretary Ana Carmela V. Remigio.

In a move toward strengthening the welfare of children in the Cordillera Administrative Region, the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) has adopted the Regional Plan of Action for Children (RPAC) for the years 2024-2028 during its first quarter meeting on March 15, 2024, in Baguio City. The RPAC, which will be implemented through the leadership of the Cordillera Regional Sub-committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWCCAR), is the result of extensive multi-sectoral workshops and consultations, guided by regional sectoral plans and the results of the Regional Situation Analysis of Children (RSAC).

These ensured that the promotion, protection, and fulfillment of children’s rights are incorporated in the Plan. At its core, the RPAC aims to create an enabling environment where every child in the region has the opportunity to thrive as it emphasizes the importance of survival, development, protection, and participation rights for all children. It also
shows the region’s commitment to the principles articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Plan will serve as a guiding document for regional line agencies, local government units and civil society organizations in integrating children’s rights into their development initiatives.

The Council’s adoption of the Plan is a testament to its dedication to addressing the diverse needs of children in the
Cordillera, and ensuring their protection, education, and health as prioritized in the region’s development agenda.

Amianan Balita Ngayon