“Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban”
A CALL FROM CWC!
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo says that poverty has an end as long as every child’s right is assured.
The month of October of every year is the National Children’s Month (NCM) pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993 to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building. For this year, the 21st National Children’s Month celebration focuses on poverty. The theme highlights that poverty reduction starts with children and that education is the most promising intervention that can make a difference in the life of every child and his/her family.
Based on 2009 Official Poverty Statistics of the Philippines, Children are among the basic sectors residing in urban areas accounted for the largest number of poor population in the country at 12.4 million in 2009 from 12.3 million in 2006. Among the regions, Caraga posted the highest poverty incidence for children at 57.3% followed by Region V at 54.7% and ARMM at 54.2% in 2009.
Hence, a call on participation and convergence of efforts at various levels is deemed necessary to address poverty. In order to strengthen advocacy on poverty reduction, the CWC identified major activities in partnership with the NCM Steering Members namely: DSWD, DOTC; DOJ-JJWC; NNC; PIA; Philippine Children’s Ministries Network; DA; DOLE; NYC; UST-College of Fine Arts & Design; Philippine Red Cross; PNP; Girl Scouts of the Philippines; ERDA Foundation; VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc; Laura Vicuῆa Foundation, Inc.; League of Municipalities of the Philippines; League of the Provinces of the Philippines; DOLE-BWSC; DOH; Philinc; NCSD; ChildFund Philippines, Save the Children; MMDA; LRTA; DOJ; DILG; DepEd; NEDA; ECOP; NCCT; KBF; Plan Philippines, Sun for All Children; St. Peter Community, Manila Times; UNTV and Veritas 846.
The National Children’s Month will be highlighted with various activities in partnership with other government and non-government organizations. Some of these are Liturgical Celebration, quiz bee on Child Rights, cheer dance, awarding of CWC On-The-Spot Poster Making and Clay Modeling Sculpture and Song Composition contests, Seminar for Parents on Child’s Protection, Forum on “Kaalaman sa Batas Para sa Bata” focus on Anti-Child Pornography Act, Medical and Dental Mission, Policy Forum on Poverty, Children’s Festival, National Children’s Congress, Flash Mob, Exhibits, etc.
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