IPC co-hosts Second Forum on Children in the Urban Environment


August 10, 2011


The Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC), School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University, together with UNICEF Philippines and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), cordially invite you to the “Second Forum on Children in the Urban Environment” to be held on August 23-24, 2011 at the Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The forum aims at documenting good practices in working with and for urban children with the view of providing inputs to the Country Programme Action Plan for 2012-2016 between the Government of the Philippines and UNICEF and other policy and programme interventions. In addition, the conference will provide inputs in the design of an urban strategy particular to children and young people, as well as inputs to the “Safe and Friendly Cities for All” joint initiative by UNICEF, UN Women, and UN Habitat.

An corollary activity is the conduct of a pre-forum national children’s workshop that will enable selected children and youth representatives from various Philippine cities to express and share their views on accessing basic services in urban settings and making cities more “children and youth-friendly.” This will take place on August 22, 2011 also at the Ateneo de Manila University campus.


22 August 2011 (Monday)

Whole Day                    Children’s Workshop 

23 August 2011 (Tuesday)

7:30-8:30 AM                Registration 

Opening Session

Master of ceremonies:    Dr. Maria Elissa Jayme-Lao

Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture

8:30-8:40 AM                Philippine National Anthem

                                    Ecumenical Invocation

8:40-8:50 AM                Opening Speech

Ms. Vanessa J. Tobin

Representative, UNICEF

8:50-9:00 AM                Welcome Remarks

Fr. Jose Cruz, S.J.

Dean, School of Social Sciences

Ateneo de Manila University

9:00-9:05 AM                Introduction of Speaker

Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu

Director, Institute of Philippine Culture

9:05-9:30 AM                Keynote Message

Hon. Jesse Robredo

Secretary, Department of Interior and

Local Government

9:30-9:50 AM                Break

9:50-10:10 AM               Overview of the 7th Country Programme of Cooperation for Children (CPC7)

Mr. Abdul Alim

Deputy Representative, UNICEF

10:10-11:10 AM             Situationer of the Urban Children

                                    State of the Urban Children in the World and Report from the First Urban Forum

Dr. Mary Racelis

Research Scientist, Institute of the Philippine Culture

                                    State of Asian Cities 2010-2011

                                    Mr. Christopher Rollo

                                    OIC, UNHABITAT

                                    State of the Urban Children in the Philippines

                                    Ms. Brenda Vigo

                                    Executive Director, CWC

11:10-12:00 PM             Open Forum

Plenary Sessions

Strategies and Good Practices 

1:00-3:00 PM                 Session One – Education, Learning and Local Governance

                                    MODERATOR: AUSTERE PANADERO

Localizing MDGs and CCT-Pasay City

Education and SEF –Naga City

Early Child Care and Development-City of Manila

Child representative

3:00-3:15 PM                 Break

3:15-5:15 PM                 Session Two: Health and Local Governance

                                    MODERATOR: BRENDA VIGO

Urban Health and Nutrition Strategy –San Fernando City, La Union

HIV/AIDS- Quezon City, Zamboanga City

Water and Sanitation – San Fernando City, La Union

Child representative

24 August 2011 (Wednesday)

8:00-8:30 AM                Registration

Plenary Sessions

Strategies and Good Practices

8:30-10:30 AM               Session Three: Child Protection and Local Governance

                       Community-based Systems for Child Protection – The Share a Child Movement and LGU

Implementing the Local Children’s Code-Cabanatuan City

Implementing the Juvenile Justice Law – Center for Restorative Action and LGU

Implementing Programs for Street Children – Child Hope Asia Philippines and LGU

Child representative

10:30-10:45 AM             Break

10:45-12:45 AM             Session Four: Cross-cutting Themes in Local Governance


Data, Planning and Budgeting –

Land and Housing – Mandaue City, Naga City

Climate Change and DRR – Marikina City, Legaspi City, Oroquieta City,

Corporate Social Responsibility- Philippine Business for Social Progress

Participatory Assessment tools –Bgy 156, Pasay City and IPC

1:45-3:15 PM                 Workshop



Child Protection

Cross-cutting Themes    

3:15-3:45 PM                 Group Presentations

3:45-4:05 PM                 Response by League of Cities of the Philippines

4:05-4:20 PM                 Commitment Building, Summary and Next Steps

4:20-4:30 PM                 Launch of ‘Safe and Friendly Cities for All’

A Joint Project of UNICEF, UN Women and UN Habitat

4:30-4:35 PM                 Introduction of Speaker by Ms. Vanessa J. Tobin,

UNICEF Representative

4:35-5:00 PM                 Closing Address

Honorable Jejomar Binay

Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines

Chairman, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council 

5:00-5:30 PM                 Break and Networking