Main story Mati City to strengthen protection of children

Mati City Mayor Michelle N. Rabag presides over the meeting of the local council for the protection of children. Mati City Information Office
Mati City Mayor Michelle N. Rabag presides over the meeting of the local council for the protection of children. Mati City Information Office

City of Mati to strengthen protection of children

The City of Mati Local Government Unit is bent on strengthening their efforts for the protection of children in the city. 

In the first meeting of the Local Council for the Protection of Children under the administration of Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat, the mayor urges the City Council to revisit the existing ordinances for children. 

She urges the implementation of curfew for minors 16 years old and below starting  11 pm. It was learned though that a bill pending in the City Council proposes for a curfew on children 18 years old and below by 10 pm. 

Mayor Michelle also urged the Mati City Police to strengthen the enforcement of laws aimed at protecting the children in the city. 

City Social Welfare and Development Office head Virginia Almaida meanwhile informed LCPC that they also plan to strengthen their efforts to make the parents more responsible for their children’s welfare and not depend on the LGU. 

Almaida said they plan to conduct sessions in the barangay levels on parent effectiveness. 

On the barangay level, the Barangay Central has already passed an ordinance that limits the exposure of children on internet cafes. 

Almaida said they also plan on installing softwares on computers at internet cafes to prevent access to harmful websites. 

Mayor Michelle also encouraged the Business Bureau to strictly enforce the ordinances to business establishments. 

It was learned that of the hundreds of internet cafes in the city, only about four have renewed their licenses. 

To this, Mayor Michelle again urged the City Council to implement stiffer penalties to violators.