City of San Fernando kicks off National Children's Month celebration

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Oct. 7 — The city government on Tuesday kicked off the month-long celebration of the National Children's Month that aims to promote the rights and welfare of the children.

With the theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw Ay Mahalaga,” city officials led by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, councilor Nelson G. Lingat, and members of the Local Council for the Protection of Children, unveiled the calendar of activities after officiating city hall employees in donating books and old toys for daycare pupils.

On Wednesday, participants from the city’s 35 barangays will undergo children’s rights advocates training at the Heroes Hall here while a seminar on values transformation for parents will be simultaneously held in the LGU’s 49 daycare centers.

In line with the city government's programs for out-of-school youth, a mural painting competition will be held on October 10 and a seminar on stress management will be conducted on October 23.

A drug awareness seminar is also scheduled in partnership with the Department of Education on October 11.

On October 14, a feeding program for street children will be held in front of the city hall.

This city will also host Children’s Congress on October 17.

The culminating activity will feature a seminar on the rights of children and leadership training for students on October 29.

The celebration of national children’s month is mandated by a proclamation of then President Fidel Ramos in 1993 and the Philippine constitution, which recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building.

"The future lies in the hands of the next generation. Our role is to make sure that they will be productive not only for their own growth but for the whole nation,” the mayor said. (PNA)

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