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PIA Press Release
2009/10/05

Tacloban gears up activities for children's month

By Gemma Tabao

Tacloban City (5 October) -- Some 50 street children in Tacloban City are scheduled to enjoy free meals and snacks come October 30 this year.

This benevolent act, which is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in cooperation with the Local Government of Tacloban City, Office of Congressman Romualdez and other government line agencies, is among the activities lined up for the Children's Month celebration observed every October of each year.

Aside from the share-a-meal efforts, a Children's Congress is likewise set on October 22-23 in Ormoc City, which will be participated in by children's sectoral representatives all over Eastern Visayas region. During this gathering, different laws and programs concerning children will be tackled.

Other activities also include a Press Conference to be held at the Philippine Information Agency on October 9, and a medical and dental mission in Jaro, Leyte on the following day.

Relative to this year's theme, “Bright Child: Proteksyon ng Bata, Pananagutan ng Bansa,” the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Children (RIACAT-VAWC), is intensifying its campaign to end aggressions against children and women. Part of the interventions include the posting of stickers prohibiting admission of minors in the company of adult men in establishments like restaurants/bars, hotels and beach resorts. Minors are likewise not allowed to purchase regulated medicines in different drugstores.

With the convergent efforts exerted by the government towards children and their families, a better direction is at hand for the most vulnerable individuals. (PIA 8) [top]

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