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RSCWC pushes for child-friendly songs

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

TACLOBAN CITY (November 21) -- The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC), an inter-governmental agency including the four pillars of the criminal justice system tasked to safeguard the rights of the children are searching for songwriters and composers who make songs which have child-friendly lyrics.

These songs which are available in the market and are being played over AM and FM radio stations around the region contain language which is not appropriate for children and such should be sanctioned and meted out a penalty.

This revelation came after the 4th RSCWC Quarterly Meeting held at Cawacsi Training Center on November 20, 2007 when a representative from the Department of Social Welfare and Development aired her predicament about the situation in the entertainment and movie industry which make use of language which offend the moral values of the Filipino people thus affecting the children in particular.

These songs including some of the Waray-Waray songs insinuate language which is not child-friendly is now alarming.

Children who hear these songs are prone to use the language formulated in the Waray-Waray songs as their way of communication and as part of their day-to-day gestures.

Acording to Ms. Yvonne Abonales, DSWD's Chief Technical Assistant Division, who is the focal person of the RSCWC, a committee will be created to investigate and monitor those Waray-Waray songs which contain language not appropriate for children. After the committee report, it will be evaluated by the body and recommend to the proper forum for the passing of a resolution asking the songwriters to write only songs that are child-friendly.

Abonales added that some of the Waray-Waray songs containing language which is not appropriate for children should be regulated by the government before it will be distributed in the market.

The campaign of the government to patronize Filipino artists, composers, songwriters and inventors is a manifestation that we should support our Filipino talents.

This support will not hamper the very foundation of our moral values as Filipinos, likewise, the children's rights should not be at risk. (PIA-8) [top]

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