National Children’s Month reels off in Maogmang Lugar
By Ana-Liza Macatangay
The city government, thru the Naga City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (NCCWPC), marked this year’s National Children’s Month celebration with “Lakaw para sa Kaakian,” which was conducted last Saturday, Nov. 5, here.
“This [Lakaw para sa Kaakian] serves as kick-off activity as we celebrate the National Children’s Month here. This year, naibalik na natin ‘yung mga face-to-face activities, tulad nitong Lakaw Para sa Kaakian Year 6. For six years ginagawa po natin ito as a jumpstart activity for the children’s month,” City Administrator and Children Affairs Executive Director Elmer Baldemoro said.
With the lifting of restrictions in the conduct of various mass gatherings, children, parents, city officials, various organizations, and child advocates are all excited to participate in this year’s celebration of children’s month.
A GROUP of children from Barangay Tabuco, here, join other kids’ groups from the city’s barangays in trek during the “Lakaw Para sa Kaakian” advocacy walk that kicked off the 30th National Children’s Month celebration by the City Government of Naga thru the Naga City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (NCCWPC) at the JMR Coliseum, November 5, 2022. (JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)
This year, the city has planned several activities that form part the celebration. They are: child birth registration on Nov. 15 at the People’s Hall, BCPC enhancement training, Nov. 17-18; Children’s Congress, Nov. 19 at the People’s Hall; LCPC Strategic Planning and LDP Workshop, Nov. 23-24; Children’s Got Talent, Nov. 26 at the Robinsons Place Naga; and the delivery of the
State of the Children’s Report on Nov. 26, by Mayor Nelson Legacion.
These activities are anchored on this year’s National Children’s Month celebration theme: “Kalusugan, Kaisipan, at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan!”
Vice Mayor Cecilia “Nene” B. Veluz- de Asis thanked all the participants for their continuing support to all the programs of the city government, particularly programs and activities that promote children’s welfare.
Residents from the city’s 27 barangays, personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), members of the NCCWPC, and city officials.
Baldemoro added that “Lakaw sa Kaakian” and all other activities lined up for the month-long celebration endeavors to promote the rights of the children.
It intends to empower and enable the children to be agents of change.
The City Administrator emphasized the importance of proper guidance in order for the children to make informed decisions based on sound judgment.
He also called on all parents to exercise positive parenting and boost their children’s self-esteem by allowing them to explore and attend activities that will enhance their confidence and skills.
“Ine-encourage namin ang mga magulang na yung mga bata ay mag-participate sa mga activities and also nakiki-usap kami na gabayan po natin ang mga anak. We need po the cooperation and participation ng mga magulang, hindi po sapat na nadyan sila na nag-aasikaso sa mga bata, kaya pinaka-importante po yung mga magulang,” Baldemoro said. (PIA5/Camarines Sur)