DepEd lauds turn-over of “Palarujuan” to relocated community in Rizal

May 28, 2013 10:21 pm 

MONTALBAN, RIZAL, May 28 — The Department of Education (DepEd) lauded on Tuesday the turn-over of a new and first-ever educational playground dubbed as “Palarujuan” to the relocated community here in Barangay Kasiglahan, Montalban, Rizal.

“We, at the DepEd believe that children, apart from being encouraged to be physically active, also learn values and skills through play,” Harvey Buena, DepEd Consultant said.

Buena cited the importance of playing in the educational development of children that will result in formation of positive values when they become adult as he congratulated the efforts of those behind its successful implementation.

The “Palarujuan” or playground of Juan dela Cruz is a key project of “Di Lang Laro nang Laro” advocacy campaign by Play Pilipinas , Johnson & Johnson Philippines, partner agencies like Universal McCann Philippines, BBDOGuerrero/Proximity Philippines and Ogilvy Public Relations Manila.

The playground was a long desire of the children and adults in the community according to Nathaniel Sermon, Chairman of the Board of homeowners association in Phase I-E Kasiglahan Village I, Brgy. San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal.

“This “Palarujuan” is a great help to our community especially to the parents and children because through this playground many of the thousands of children and teenagers will enjoy playing here instead of engaging in unpleasant activities,” Sermon said in an interview by the Philippines News Agency.

The playground does not only provide a space for children to play but also an opportunity for learning is really a great pride and joy now shared by many parents who witness the turn-over of the project and watch their children happily play along the “palarujuan”.

In their desire to facilitate the learning of different skills and values from the different play installation made from some recycled and materials, Play Pilipinas ensured that the playground’s design are attractive to the eyes of the children.

“That will develop their quick thinking, reasoning, mathematical abilities and social-interactions,” Sigrid Perez, Play Pilipinas Executive Director explained as she added that regular use of the playground equipment and interaction with other children can contribute a lot towards their total development as a future citizen of the country.

“Through projects like this, we hope we can encourage more parents to rediscover the power of play for children and the benefits that they can derive from it to create wider awareness,” Perez added.

With their advocacy, Play Pilipinas together with its partners and advocators are often tagged now as “ambassadors of play” for they aim to provide more and more “palarujuan” especially for communities that really needs and appreciates it most.

They started the projects in southern parts of the country like Cebu and Davao. They had also initiated one in Tarlac while there are some pending projects in some parts of the country according to Perez.

For its part, Johnson and Johnson Philippines said that they will continue engaging in this kind of kind of advocacy to encourage children who are the end users of many of their products to engage in active play particularly at their formative and growing years to stimulate their holistic development instead of being hooked to any negative activities.(PNA)

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