MANILA - The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government on Wednesday passed a resolution in support of its agenda for children's welfare.
The BARMM had called for a special parliamentary session in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
During the session, the BARMM government responded to the BARMM Children's Declaration, which advocates for better education, an end to poverty and hunger, lasting peace, more parenting programs and increased participation in finding solutions to issues that affect children.
According to UNICEF, Bangsamoro children are among the poorest in the country.
Child poverty in the region is at 63.1 percent, twice as high as the national average at 31.4 percent. This means 1.6 million out of 2.5 million children in BARMM are living below the poverty line.
UNICEF also said around 260,000 children in the region are not in school, and only 1 in 5 children from those enrolled get to finish their elementary education.
Around 300,000 children below the age of 5, or 1 in 2 children, are chronically malnourished and stunted, compared to the 1 in 3 children stunted nationwide.
Likewise, only 30 percent of infants in BARMM are fully vaccinated.
BARMM Government Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim delivered a statement of commitment to protect and promote the rights of children and address these pressing issues. He also expressed his full support to the Bangsamoro Children's Declaration.
The resolution reiterates provisions from the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which provides that Bangsamoro policies and programs should take into consideration the interest of children, as well as promote their rights.
Leaders from different sectors and governors of the 5 BARMM provinces also pledged their support to the Children's Declaration.
Before joining the Special Parliamentary Session on children, children from all over the Bangsamoro celebrated World’s Children’s Day in a festive and colorful #GoBlue celebration.
UNICEF, in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the Department of Health, supports the National Children’s Month celebration in the country this month.