Dagupan to host Children's Congress for 12,000 tots

November 12, 2010 1:05 pm 

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 12 — A first of its kind Dagupan Children's Congress will be held here November 16 to 17 set to be attended by some 12,000 children from different public and private schools.

Set to be held at CSI Stadia here, the two-day Congress, chaired by Councilor Dada Reyna, will be co-sponsored by the Dagupan City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), along with the Department of Education (DepEd).

Vice Mayor and SP chair Belen Fernandez, who is spearheading the activity, clarified that though co-sponsored by the SP, no government fund will be involved in the project.

The SP has tapped the CSI Group of Companies owned by Fernandez' family with the support of some private firms to bankroll the project for the benefit of the children of Dagupan City.

In the two-day Congress, the children, their parents and teachers will come together and discuss issues and problems affecting them and propose measures on what can be done to ensure their welfare.

Coinciding with the Congress is a children's fair where children can participate in a variety of competitions that could win them give-away prizes to be held in booths to be put up by co-sponsors.

This will be a wholesome family-oriented activity designed for children aged 17 years and below, said Fernandez.

She said pupils and students attending the Congress can get their tickets to the Congress through their respective schools.

Vice Mayor Fernandez clarified the Congress is not open to the public as this is exclusively for children of Dagupan City who will come with their principals, teachers and parents.

She earlier coordinated with City Schools Superintendent Alma Ruby Torio who called on all schools in Dagupan to send their delegations to the Congress.

Fernandez said though only being held here for the first time, the project would be made as a yearly activity in the city.

DepEd has invited all schools, public or private, to send in their pupils and students to the Congress which will start at 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and from 1 to 5 p.m. for the Children's Fair. (PNA) LOR/PTR/lvm/lmm/rma


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