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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Children’s month celebration in Bicol highlights valuable role of children in society

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec 1 (PIA) – The Regional Council for the Welfare of Children and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol led this year’s children’s month celebration in the region themed ““Isulong, Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata.”

“The Children’s Month Celebration is a time to recognize the value of Filipino Children as the most valuable asset in the society. The theme focuses on the rights of children to education,” DSWD Bicol director Arnel B. Garcia said.

Garcia added that the celebration also aims to instill the significance of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the Filipino consciousness.

The UNCRC is a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.

Among the activities conducted are roll-out training on monitoring, reporting and response system (MRRS) on the grave child rights violations in the context of armed conflict on November 15-17, training for selected school children on basic emergency first aid for children on November 23 and regional poster making contest on child pornography for selected school children on November 24.

The celebration culminated on November 28 with an ecumenical service, pledge of commitment of various agencies, testimonials from the different sector of children and recognition of different partners.

The Bicol Network Children (BNC) and Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council likewise led the “Kalinga Hindi Kulungan: Bicol Youth Meet” on November 29 highlighted by a dialogue between adults and children on House Bill 02 which seeks to lower the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) of Filipino children from 15 to 9 years old.

DSWD assistant director Victoria Tagum and Saligan Bicol discussed and clarified the bill and its impact to children and community.

HB 02 was filed in the 17th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines by house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz representative Fredenil Castro.

The said Bill aims to criminalize children to stop adult criminals from using them and to teach them how to take responsibility for their actions because, according to the Bill, nineyear-olds already have better discernment due to their access to the internet. (MAL/SAA/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571480581575/children-s-month-celebration-in-bicol-highlights-valuable-role-of-children-in-society#sthash.6qv4gVoW.dpuf

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