November is national children’s month. In its pursuit towards maintaining its state as a child-friendly city, the local government unit of Ormoc paid tribute to the children by holding a children’s congress in culmination of the children’s month on Tuesday, November 29.
The local government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) brought around 200 children from the six districts of the city, beneficiaries of the LGU’s street-based program, Lingap Center for Girls, Social Development Center for Boys, and from non-government organization called ECLIPSE, to participate in the Children’s Congress 2016.
Like a father to his children, Mayor Richard Gomez gave significant advice to the kids and teenagers during his inspirational message. “Knowledge is the most important gift that we can treasure for a lifetime,” emphasized the mayor as he spoke of the importance of education. Urging the children to go to school and study well, he stressed that they can land good jobs, fight poverty, and avoid being deceived by people.
“With knowledge and education, you can stand on your own two feet, you can decide on your own, you can tell them what is going on, you can tell them what is wrong and what is right – that’s what I want to happen to the people of Ormoc City,” he added.
Mayor Gomez also reminded the participants of his administration’s top development thrust, which is peace and order. “Avoid drugs and we will support you with education programs, scholarship programs, and sports program,” he promised.
“When you grow up, makahuman mo ug iskwela, I don’t want you to leave the place, I want you to help Ormoc nga moasenso ang atong syudad. Diri na mo manrabaho. We will give you the opportunity nga manrabaho diri sa Ormoc City,” the mayor reassured.
An orientation-workshop was conducted during the whole-day activity that tackled four main rights of the children: survival, protection, participation and development.
Meanwhile, it is worth-noting that LGU-Ormoc was recently conferred with the 2015 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Regional Award under the independent component city category last October 10, this year.
In addition, the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod has recently passed during the national children’s month the revised Ormoc City Child Welfare Code of 2016, where it included provisions of the anti-bullying act, and the institutionalization of the child help desk to prevent children trafficking.
With the local government’s harmonious connection of its executive and legislative body, the administration strives for the improvement of the state of the present youth and generations to come.
– Joseph Pilapil / City Media Relations Office