The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 (DA-RFO1) assisted the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) Region 1 thru the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Council for the Welfare f Children (CWC), and National Youth Commission (NYC) to culminate the 26th National Children’s Month Celebration this year 2018.
The National Children’s Month is annually celebrated by the RCWC in the month of November. The RCWC serves as the link between national agencies involved in the promotion of children’s rights and welfare and the Local Government Unit. Being the link, it provides direct assistance, promotes and enhances regional coordination and harmonization of efforts for the well-being of children.
The activity was held at the new constructed function hall of the DA-RFO1 on November 14, 2018.
“Every child needs attention, tender love and care, especially nowadays that technology affects the productivity of the youth. We need to guide them so that we will achieve a peaceful life and a better world,” quoted Mr. Joel Maconicido, OIC Chief – Administrative and Finance Division of DA – RFO1 as he delivered his welcome remarks referring to the theme of the activity which was, “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga Para sa Lahat ng Bata!”
Moreover, Lhemwel S. Dacanay, Senior High School student of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Mid La Union Campus (DMMMSU MLUC) delivered a Spoken Word Poetry entitled, “Bata bata inaruga kaba ng tama?” a message for every children that needs a right to live and to have a parents that will guide them all throughout their future.
The State of Region 1 Children’s Address was also delivered by Caila Jean Munar, Child Representative of the Province of La Union and a student of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University South La Union Campus (DMMMSU SLUC).
“Inihahalintulad po namin ang aming mga sarili sa isang mamahaling sisidlan, walang laman at naghihintay na malagyan ng puro at malinis na tubig at maaaring magamit sa takdang kapanahunan,” said Munar.
She also recognized the two cities in the Region – Dagupan City and Urdaneta City who were finalists for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities. Dagupan City has institutionalized systems for children safety and protection as it has operational hotline 16911 ready to assist any child at risk or in need of immediate rescue.
On the other hand, Urdaneta City has also supported some children to go to MYK educational tour in Milpitas, California where young officials benchmark good practices in governance and education.
Others who performed during the activity were the pupils of Child Development Center of San Fernando City, La Union who rendered a declamation regarding the rights of every child. And the Special Program in the Arts (SPA) Dancers of La Union National High School who presented a cultural dance.