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Bicol 2nd Regional Children's Congress highlights Children's Month observance

by CL Martinez

Legazpi City (7 November) -- "Study, work hard, enjoy and follow your dreams."

This was the valuable advice shared by DSWD Bicol regional director Remia T. Tapispisan during the 2nd Regional Children's Congrss held here, October 15-17 with the theme "Bright Child, Sa Tamang Pag-aaruga, Kinabukasan ay Maginhawa".

Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declared the month of October of every year as National Children's Month. Signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, the month-long celebration aims to celebrate and recognize the importance of the child within the family and the society.

Drawing a crowd of more than 80 leaders of children sector from the provinces of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Masbate, the celebration also marked as the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

The two-day activity promoted cooperation and understanding the rights of the children and to sustain collaboration between and among partner agencies towards protection and safeguarding children's right.

Lady Anie Ramos from Camarines Sur, a member of Bicol Children's Association, stressed the importance of the event. "It's good that children like us have been exposed to this kind of activity. I enjoyed every worthwhile activity like games, dancing and singing. I also gained a lot of friends and I have come to know our rights."

Part of the activity was the discussion on Child 21, RA 9344 and Climate Change Adaptation.

Tapispisan in her closing message emphasized "not to waste every opportunity like this. The Filipino children are the most valuable asset of the nation, what we do in this Congress will be our future."

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 717, series of 2004, the DSWD led in this year's observance of the "National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty" on October 17-23, 2008.

The National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty aims to unite and gather the support of all sectors of society - the national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, private sector and the poor communities themselves in the fight against poverty.

"Eradicating poverty is not the government's sole responsibility. Everyone has their own responsibility to change the long history of poverty," Tapispisan explained.

With the theme, "Mag Ina'y Sagipin, Bata'y Pag Aralin," the DSWD spearheaded the simultaneous reading of the Universal Prayer in KALAHI-CIDSS areas with the the conduct of community trainings and barangay assemblies during the culminating activity of the Bicol 2nd Regional Children's Congress held here.

Part of the long week celebration was the provision of health kits to the municipalities of Jovellar, Rapu-Rapu in Albay province; Aroroy, Monreal and San Pascual of Masbate; Minalabac and Siruma of Camarines Sur and Juban in Sorsogon.

Each kit consisted of sphygmomanometer, thermometer, medicines, bandages, band aids and other medical supplies.

Other activities conducted were the inauguration of KALAHI-CIDSS Multi-Purpose Building in San Pascual, Masbate and Water System Level II in Bgy. Goroyan in Juban, Sorsogon.

Implemented by the DSWD, KALAHI-CIDSS is the government's top poverty alleviation program which banks on the community-driven development (CDD) approach. (KCRSMO-DSWD/PIA) [top]

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