2. National Children’s Month Celebration
Prieto CDP. Diaz CDP. Tingloy CDP. Southville CDP
Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declares the month of October as the National Children’s Month, to recognize the Filipino children as the most valuable asset of the nation and to emphasize their importance in the society. This supersedes Proclamation No. 74, which sets October 17 of every year as the National Children’s Day.
In the Prieto Diaz CDPs, GNIP took part in the celebration of children’s month initiated by the Area-Based Standards Network–Sorsogon (ABSNet-Sorsogon), a network that GNIP is a member of. The monthlong celebration carried out various activities that emphasized child rights—such as a motorcade, children’s dialogue and testimonies, and GNIP-facilitated games.
“The children raised their concerns on issues about corporal punishment, child labor, malnutrition, and early pregnancy”
In the Tingloy CDP, the children’s month celebration focused on 390 preschool children, in partnership with the local government of Tingloy, the municipal social welfare and development office, the parents, and the teachers. The activities—which included poster-making, singing, and declamation contests—centered on the promotion of child rights.
In the national level, the Child Rights Network (CRN) gathered the children advocates—both CRN members and nonmembers—to celebrate the children’s month at the House of Representatives, held on October 21–23, 2013. Nine members of GNIP’s Child Rights Council (CRC) under the Southville CDP represented the organization in the poster-making contest and the children’s dialogue with the legislators—two of the highlights of the celebration—which happened in the first two days of the weeklong celebration. The CRC members placed first and third in the poster-making contest, with their artworks reflecting the celebration’s theme: “Pursue Inclusive Governance—Protect Children’s Rights Today and Tomorrow.” In the dialogue with the legislators, the children representing different organizations raised their concerns on issues about corporal punishment, child labor, malnutrition, and early pregnancy. (end)