CITY, 4 May 2005 - The Philippine government and United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently signed an agreement
called the Country Programme Action Plan 2005-2009, with the
goal of improving the well-being of children in the Philippines.
will require P2.3 billion over the next five years.
forward the Child-Friendly Movement that began in the previous
five-year programme, the goal of the current programme is
to reduce by at least 50 per cent the disparities between
the basic child indicators in 24 provinces and cities, and
the national data by the end of 2009 compared to 2003 levels.
cover health, nutrition, education, early childhood care and
development, and protection of children.
the Philippines has made many gains for children in recent
years, there remain pockets of disparities, where the situation
of children is far from ideal,” said Dr Nicholas Alipui,
UNICEF Country Representative in the Philippines.
the national infant mortality rate is 30 per 1,000 live births;
in Northern Samar, it is 79.
an average of six out of 10 children complete primary education;
in Maguindanao, only two out of 10 children do.
disparities exist due to income levels, urban-rural location,
and ethnic backgrounds.
disparities such as these, the Philippine government and UNICEF
hope to contribute to achieving the UN Millennium Development
Goals, which will ultimately reduce poverty and improve the
quality of life.
on the agreement, UNICEF is committed to provide up to P625
million from its regular resources.
will also seek additional funding of up to P1.7 billion, for
a total of P2.3 billion.
covers six programmes:
Health and Nutrition Programme
aims to reduce infant and under-five mortality rates and child
and maternal under-nutrition in the focus areas.
seeks to increase access and participation in early childhood
care and development, enrolment in primary school, and completion
of primary school.
Child Protection Programme
aspires to identify children who are vulnerable to and are
victims of abuse,e xploitation and violence through preventive
actioins and early interventions.
strives to enable the most at-risk children and youth in focus
areas to protect themselves from HIV and risk factors for
seeks to increase the population’s basic understanding
of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and generate
commitment from policy and decision-makers to create a safe
and protection environment for children.
Local Policy and Institutional
Development Programme aims to increase investments,
enforce child-friendly policies and accountability for improving
the situation of children in local government units.
areas include: Mt. Province; Isabela; Aurora; Camarines Norte;
Masbate; Antique; Guimaras; Capiz; Negros Oriental; Eastern
Samar; Northern Samar; Zamboanga del Sur; Bukidnon; Sarangani;
Sultan Kudarat; North Cotabato; Agusan del Sur; Maguindanao;
Sulu; Manila; Pasay City; Quezon City; Cebu City; and, Davao
has been working in the Philippines for over 50 years to help
children survive and thrive, from early childhood through
with national government and local government units, NGOs,
civil society groups, and private sector, UNICEF has helped
in reducing the country’s infant mortality rate, ensuring
adequate vaccine supply, improving school performance in assisted
public schools, and increasing access to and use of iodized
largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports
child health and nutrition, quality basic education, access
to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children
from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.
is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments,
businesses, foundations and individuals, and through National
Committees for UNICEF.