In observance of the 26th National Children’s Month Celebration and as a way to encourage Caviteño children to exercise their rights to express their views freely, the Provincial Government of Cavite thru the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children facilitated the conduct of the First Cavite Provincial Children’s Conference which was held on November 27-28, 2018 at Tanza Oasis Hotel and Resort, Capipisa, Tanza, Cavite.
Participants of the program consist of children from different sectors including the in-school, out-of-school, children with disabilities, children from social welfare development agencies and child representatives from different cities and municipalities in the province. It aims to promote the survival, development, protection and participation rights of children, likewise to develop children’s agenda by convening children so that they can take active role on deliberating and prioritizing children’s issues. The activity included lecture-discussions, workshops and socialization activities.
Social Welfare Officer IV Ms. Darylvy Avila of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office explained the overview of the CPCC and greeted the children participants with their mentors, parents and guardians. Meanwhile, Ms. Smile Murillo shared her fruitful experiences as child representative in the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC). Lecture on Children’s Rights and Responsibilities was discussed by Ms. Brendalyn Salazar, Social Welfare Officer I, PSWDO while PCPC focal Person Ms. Mary Joyce Lontoc tackled the Provincial Situation of Children.
In the afternoon session, the children were enlightened on the topic discussed by Ms. Rhea Cainday-Mendoza about Child Abuse while Teen-age Pregnancy was communicated by Mr. Ralph Laurence A. Figueroa of the Provincial Health Office (PHO). Video presentations also provided inputs and participants actively joined the question and answer part. Simultaneous sessions on the same lecture-discussions for the children were done to enlighten parents, mentors and guardians. Workshop on the Situationer on Children followed and workshop outputs were discussed.
On the second day, Executive Director Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) conversed on the topic: Inclusiveness of Children with Disabilities (CWDs). The participants were fully informed of the correct terms to address the CWDs and what to do to empower them. Likewise, the parents were taught that they can advocate and fight for the right services the government can provide for their PWD children to become contributing members of society. A lecture on Child Labor was tackled by Ms. Myrose Basila of DOLE-Cavite while Bullying, Cyber Safety and Children in Emergencies were facilitated by Ms. Brendalyn Salazar and Ms. Rhea Cainday-Mendoza.
Another workshop on Recommendations to Address the Situation of Children was actively joined in by the children who gave believable recommendations during the processing of workshop outputs. Meanwhile, Ms. Jonalyn Cate V. Magcayang of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) IV-A discussed and explained the Department’s Memorandum Circular No. 2002-121 known as the Revised Guidelines on the Organization and Strengthening of the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPC) that will take the lead in the implementation of all children’s programs in their respective localities.
Atty. Kherby Reyes, Cooperative Development Specialist reiterated that he was really glad to be a part of the PCPC, likewise congratulated the team for spearheading the said program. He imparted his experience from being an ordinary individual to becoming a successful entrepreneur because of determination to study hard which he believed will give inspiration to the children.
Highlighting the conference was the selection of provincial child representatives: Jean Claude Magdaong, male child from Carmona; Dana Dela Rea, female child from Amadeo; and Shaira Mae Baltazar, child with disability from Cavite City, who were all identified by the children themselves. They will be the official representatives of the children sector in the provincial level.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Alvin Mojica, Provincial Administrator for Community Affairs believed that the partakers were capacitated because of their active participation in their reports and recommendations. He reiterated that because of the program, the provincial government is looking forward to be a child-friendly province. He also mentioned the government’s almost finished project in Indang, the BahayPag-asa which will house the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL).