“Bata, Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga”.

This was the message behind the day’s activities held last October 7, 2014 to launch the city’s National Children’s Month (NCM) Celebration. Spearheaded by the City Government and the City Council for the Protection of Children (CCPC), the said celebration was also conducted in partnership with different organizations, businesses, schools and government agencies.

The series of activities started at around 2:00 pm with the symbolic Awareness Walk, in which City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and CCPC members started the foot parade together with a small crowd of young schoolchildren. This crowd soon increased in number as other participating schools joined in at various pick-up points. The activity design symbolizes snowball effect that the council aims to achieve as they lobby for children’s participation.

The Awareness Walk concluded at the City Plaza where a program was held so that the significance of the occasion can be further expounded. With elementary pupils hosting and performing during this event, the theme of children’s participation was further put across.

Despite the theme’s emphasis on the participatory rights, the Children’s Fair that followed also gave equal importance to three other basic rights namely protection, development and survival. All four of these basic rights were taught to the children through fun hobbies like loom band-making, storytelling, clay making and book colouring. Fast food joints like Jollibee, Ernie’s and JC Foodspot provided free snacks as added treats for the children.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay; Photos by Michael Balan)

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