The Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC) celebrates Children’s Month in October with the theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw Ay Mahalaga.”
As part of the celebration, the PCWC stages Provincial Children’s Contest and selected day care children from local government units in the province showcased their talents last November 4 to 5 at the Capitol Social Hall.
The celebration promotes the rights and importance of the Cebuano.
PCWC co-chair Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said that the activity focused on the four basic rights of a child, which include survival, development, protection and participation.
“Two of the four rights are involved in this activity–right to development and participation. We are thankful that the government provided day care centers in the province and we have our heroes , our day care workers, who guide and teach our children” Magpale said.
She added that the activity would really help to develop the talents and skills of the children.
Fifteen groups joined in folk dance competition, 29 participants in singing competition, and 27 individuals in draw and tell contest.
In the folk dance competition, the Municipality of Barili was declared Grand Champion, Compostela Day Care children ranked second, while Municipality of Pinamungajan placed third.
In the singing competition, Jayrose Estrada of Minglanilla was declared as grand champion while Larken Lyd Wong of Consolacion and Merry Grace Mamac of Argao got the second and third prizes, respectively.
Roshel Vega of Pinamungajan was selected the grand champion for the draw and tell competition. Princess Jehan Villamero of San Fernando placed second and Fria Mae Sinangote got the third place.
The winners received a cash prize and a trophy and will be the official representatives in the regional level on November 19 at the SM City Cebu Event Center.
Meanwhile, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Assistant Officer-in-Charge Rose Jao said that the provincial government will always be supportive in emphasizing the important role of the child.
“Ang mga kabataan usa sa hatagan ug importansya ug pagtamod kay sila ang atong pag-asa. Angay ta magpakabana sa ilang rights, welfare and development. Dakong pasalamat nato sa mga city and municipal social welfare and development officers ug mga ginikanan nga nagsuporta sa mga bata (The young needs to be given attention and importance because they are our hope for the future. We need to know and observe their rights, welfare and development. Big thanks to the city and municipal social welfare and development officers and parents for supporting our children),” Jao said.
The celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No.267 s. 1993 that emphasizes the important role of the child and what they can contribute in the society within the Filipino family and in nation building.