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Oreta is 6th losing bet to get gov't post

BY Jocelyn Montemayor


Well, well, well. As they say, you can never can tell. It's a blessing from the skies. They are called recycled losers, and they are being appointed to give them media mileage and visibility for the 2010 senatorial elections. And of course, like saliva, they are on the tips of the voters' tongues, they can be easily expelled from the voters' mouths by a mere voluntary contraction of tongue, and lips, and facial muscles.

In short, idudura.


MALACA√ĎANG yesterday named former Sen. Teresa Aquino-Oreta to the newly-formed Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC).

Oreta was the sixth losing senatorial candidate of Team Unity to get a government position.

The others are Planning Secretary Ralph Recto, Dangerous Drugs Board chief Vicente Sotto III, Local Water Utilities Administration director Prospero Pichay Jr., deputy security adviser Luis "Chavit" Singson, and Michael Defensor, who headed the defunct named Task Force on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the ECCDC was created through Executive Order 778 entitled "Transforming the Council for the Welfare of Children into Early Childhood Care and Development Council." It would be under the Office of the President.

Ermita denied that the appointment to the Cabinet-level position, was a political accommodation.

"She (Oreta) accepted it and she knows that is relevant to society," Ermita said.

"My advocacy for children’s welfare remains whether or not I have a position in government. I intend to strengthen that commitment so that the Filipino child can have a fair start," Aquino-Oreta said in a statement.

The ECCDC aims to provide support to children aged 6 and below by promoting their rights to survival, development and special protection with full recognition of the nature of childhood and its special needs, and support parents in their roles as primary caregivers and their children’s first teachers.

The ECCDC shall also be responsible for the institutionalizing a National System for Early Childhood Care and Development.

The ECCDC is composed of the secretaries of the departments of Social Welfare and Development, Education and Health, and the president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines. – Jocelyn Montemayor


len_perez30 said…
have you read the EO 778? Im an employee of CWC and we really don't know what will happen to us. Personal opinion, parang hindi pinag-isipan ang Executive Order na ito, nilagdaan nang hindi pinag-isipan
len_perez30 said…
EO 778:

The issues that confront Filipino children are varied and complex. They are best addressed by a coordinating council dedicated solely to children: by the CWC. The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) is the government inter-agency departmental agencyagency for children's protection, welfare and development. It is mandated to formulate and evaluate policies, coordinate and monitor the implementation and enforcement of all laws and programs for children. It is almost thirty-four (34) years in the service now.

Recently, Executive Order No. 778 was signed that seeks to transform the CWC into the ECCD Council, and transfers the non-ECCD functions of CWC to the DSWD.

CWC recognizes the President’s power to re-organize the units and functions within its office, however, CWC expects the view that such power of re-organization is limited by clear standards provided under existing laws and should not transgress upon realms reserved by the Constitution to the legislature.

CWC is the heart that pumps the “blood” of programs and services for children throughout the nerves of the National, Provincial, City and Municipal, down to the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children, including but not limited to, the ECCD programs and services.

EO 778 does not merely purport to change the composition of the CWC. It effectively dissolves the Council by dividing its functions between the “transformed ECCD Council” and the DSWD, where its ECCD functions devolve to the former and its non ECCD functions, to the latter.

EO 778 asks for the question of proper implementation of the ECCD. EO 778 is asked to be reconsidered.

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