Davao holds 23rd children’s congress

Nov. 24, 2015

DAVAO CITY – Davao City organized a three-day children’s congress to show commitment in upholding children’s welfare.

Councilor Antoinette Principe-Castrodes in her privilege speech said the 23rd Children’s Congress last November 18-20 was attended by 174 children, aged 7 to 17 years old.

The attendees came from 161 barangays and 13 non-government organizations, said Castrodes.

“The City of Davao is considered to be one of the child-friendly cities in the Philippines. Davao City initiated to empower the rights of children through landmark ordinance, the Davao City Children’s Welfare Code of 2006, as amended,” she said.

During the regular session Tuesday, the council approved a resolution “encouraging all city leaders and barangay officials to enforce and implement the Davao City Children’s Welfare Code (CWC) of 2006, as Amended” to support the deficiencies and concerns that need to be addressed in the CWC of 2006.

The theme of the congress this year is “Komunidad at Pamahalaan, Magkaisa, Pag-abuso sa Bata Wakasan Na” (Community and Government Unite to End Child Abuse).

The National Children’s Month is commemorated every November pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 10661 to remember the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989.

The law was approved purposely to stop the abuses committed towards the children and to continuously promote their rights.(davaotoday.com)

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