Caraga RCWC gears up preparation for 2014 Children’s Month celeb
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 17 (PIA) – The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has stepped up preparations for this year’s National Children’s Month celebration in October.
The objective of this year’s celebration is to emphasize the important role of the child within the Filipino Family and in nation building.
The month-long celebration will kick-off on October 4 with a Thanksgiving Mass at 5:30 a.m., to be followed with a Fun Walk activity from the city’s Guingona Park going to the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, where the program proper will be held.
According to Aldie Mae Andoy, RCWC focal person of DSWD-Caraga, the fun walk activity is dubbed “Awareness Walk on Children’s Rights.”
“It will be held simultaneously at the national and regional levels through the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children and at all local government units in partnership with the Liga ng mga Barangay, Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines and the Vice Governors’ League of the Philippines,” relayed Andoy.
Andoy further bared that in Butuan City, participants of the walk are the student leaders in high schools; street children; children in conflict with the law; victims of child labor; and the Pantawid children.
During the short program, DSWD Caraga regional director Minda Brigoli will deliver her welcome remarks while inspirational messages will also be given by Agusan del Norte 1st district representative Lawrence Lemuel Fortun; Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba; and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.
Also, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be awarding the eligible local government units (LGUs) in Butuan and Agusan del Norte for the Child Friendly Local Governance while other LGUs will be awarded simultaneously by the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of their respective areas.
Meanwhile, the member-agencies also agreed to conduct the following: 1) Regional Children’s Congress; 2) Forum with Legislators; and 3) TV/Radio guestings, among others.
Said celebration is anchored on the theme, “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!” It highlights the children’s rights to participation and encourage stakeholders to promote and advocate for children’s participation in decision-making process at all levels specifically at home, family and community. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)