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PIA Press Release
2007/10/10

Zambo Norte vice gov joins drive for child's rights, welfare

By Franklin P. Gumapon

Dipolog City (10 October) -- "I love children."

This was declared by Zamboanga del Norte Vice Governor Francis H. Olvis in his speech delivered during the closing program of a two-day workshop on the bright child program conducted here recently.

Olvis who was the guest speaker in the closing program said he would really give all-out support to any program that aims for the promotion of children's rights and welfare.

He also shared before the audience his own experience as a father to his four children who are now professionals except for his eldest child whose studies were adversely affected when he joined early in politics. "My eldest child did not finish college because he was active in politics in his teen years as a youth leader. That is why I am against the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), as this will only affect the studies of our children," Olvis said.

He, however, beamed with pride to mention that his other children are now successful professionals since one of them is a medical doctor and the other two are nurses.

"Children have to be cared for, as they are our future. We must give them the opportunity to develop their talents and instill in them good values for them to become good citizens," Olvis stressed.

The vice governor also disclosed that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through its committee on women and children affairs is now working on the passage on certain ordinances that aim to promote the rights and welfare of the women and children in the province.

Olvis served as the guest speaker during the closing program of the bright child training-workshop sponsored by the Council of Welfare for Children (CWC) and Philippine Information Agency for the government information officers of the different local government units and national government agencies based in the province. (PIA-9) [top]

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