Children’s Month activities focus on anti-drugs advocacy Print
Sunday, 05 November 2017 17:05

By Dominic I. Sanchez

The Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) will be commemorating Children’s Month this November.

The activities, which are related to the theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga” aims to advocate for drug-free communities to provide a safe and secure environment for children especially against violence and drugs.

In the city, the activities include the opening program slated 1pm on November 6 at the Centro Latino, Kapihan na Garden Orchid Hotel on November 8 with representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Media Orientation on Reporting Women and Children Issues in Ipil, Pagadian City, Dipolog City, Zamboanga and Isabela City on different dates, and various guestings on local media programs.

Also, there will be a gift-giving activity in barangays Labuan and Vitali, in which the schools have been affected by the recent flooding.

Ivan Salvador, DSWD information officer shared that there are 5 regional exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children who will attend the National Children’s Congress in Manila.

On November 21, a lecture on child’s rights and anti-drugs advocacy will be held for Grade 6 pupils in Zamboanga City.

Mayor Beng Climaco is also scheduled to deliver the State of the Children’s Report on November 24.

By virtue of Presidential Proclamation 267 signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos in 1993, all local government units, civil society groups and other sectors are enjoined to participate and conduct Children’s Month activities for the month of October. This was changed in recent times during the time of former President Benigno S. Aquino III, declaring the month of November as Children’s Month, also in commemoration of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) signed by the Philippines in November 20, 1989. (DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City)