DSWD chief cites chil­dren as driv­ers of dev’t

Palawan Daily News - - National - By Lu­cia F. Broño

“Chil­dren are also driv­ers of devel­op­ment,” So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Rolando Bautista said in a state­ment at the start of the 7th Pantawid Pam­ilya Na­tional Chil­dren’s Congress (NCC) held in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion re­cently.

Bautista said through the con­duct of NCC, chil­dren ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Pantawid Pam­ilya are em­pow­ered to as­sert their right to voice their in­sights and ex­pe­ri­ences on what it takes to have a peace­ful na­tion that can ad­dress their needs and pro­tect them from dif­fer­ent forms of abuse.

He added that as the lead agency that pro­tects the rights and pro­motes the wel­fare of chil­dren, the Depart­ment works with other govern­ment agen­cies and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to­ward achiev­ing a ‘bayang ma­pagkalinga’ which Filipino chil­dren de­serve

A to­tal of 88 chil­dren ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Pantawid Pam­ilyang Pilipino Pro­gram par­tic­i­pated in the NCC which is part of the DSWD’s cel­e­bra­tion of the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Month, in part­ner­ship with the Coun­cil for the Wel­fare of Chil­dren (CWC), with the theme “Bata, Magkaisa

Tungo sa Bayang Ma­pagkalinga”.

The ac­tiv­ity fo­cused on the im­por­tance of mak­ing the coun­try a nur­tur­ing and safe place where Filipino chil­dren can live and ful­fill their dreams. It also in­formed the par­tic­i­pants on the rights, roles, and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of a child.

NCC is a yearly gath­er­ing where provin­cial win­ners of the Search for Ex­em­plary Pantawid Pam­ilya Chil­dren na­tion­wide dis­cussed cur­rent is­sues that af­fect them and pro­pose so­lu­tions to ad­dress them.

This year, the congress high­lighted the Pantawid Pam­ilya chil­dren’s shared vi­sion of a safe and nur­tur­ing so­ci­ety, how to achieve it through the help of the adults who sur­round them and the govern­ment that serves them, and how to in­flu­ence other chil­dren to make this dream to fruition.

NCC uses the arts as devel­op­ment ap­proach that em­ploys singing, danc­ing, act­ing, visual arts, writ­ing, and other ac­tiv­i­ties that hone the par­tic­i­pants’ cre­ativ­ity in ex­press­ing them­selves, while in­still­ing the value of lead­er­ship and vol­un­teerism to help oth­ers and be part in the devel­op­ment of their own fam­ily and com­mu­nity.

The chil­dren’s voices and hopes can be used as ba­sis in re­view­ing the poli­cies and pro­ce­dures that can fa­cil­i­tate build­ing a ‘bayang ma­pagkalinga’, through the Pantawid Pam­ilyang Pilipino Pro­gram. (PIA-NCR)

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