by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) — Newly installed country delegate for Intervida Philippines Restituto Ramos led the program launch of the Children First : A Call for Convergence program for the province of Sorsogon last week at Hotel Ellis , Legaspi City.
Former governor Sally Ante Lee who attended the program launch representing governor Raul R. Lee said Intervida’s expanded program will focus on two pilot municipalities in the province of Sorsogon, Donsol and Castilla.
She said it will complement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and enhance the public-private partnership initiatives intensified in Aquino administration as a holistic strategy in poverty alleviation.
In the program launch, Ramos underscored the goal of their organization in providing development and cooperation to defend children’s rights and promote sustainable social change by improving the living conditions of vulnerable communities, especially children and by acting upon the causes of poverty and inequality.
“The Intervida Philippines New Strategic Plan program is anchored on respect for equality, equity and sustainability as guiding principles for the new program for children,” Ramos said during the presentation of their program.
Ramos explained that Children First :A Call for Convergence is the core of their program so that families can access basic things such as adequate nutrition, education and health which aims for promoting dignity and improving the living conditions of children in basic identified communities were poverty is visually observed and felt.
Ramos elaborated the other situations of children all over the world who are victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation, gender violence or separation from families.
“These situations are in violation of their right to live in peace, be respected and lead a dignified life.We, at Intervida Philippines can not remain indifferent to this and so the Children First : A Call for Convergence program was developed’, he said.
“In Sorsogon, our presence in assisting communities and municipalities has been almost 5 years now and hopefully partnering with local government units who show involvement and same passion for the program, we can pursue our goals”, he addedd.
This new program adhered to by Intervida is based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the strategic guidelines have been elaborated within the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals organized around eight areas of action: Education, Health, Food Security, Economic Development, Environment Gender,Citizens Participation and children’s Rights.(MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)