THIS YEAR’S Children’s Month celebration advocates on maintaining a drug-free environment for kids in Western Visayas.
Themed “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga”, the 25th National Children’s Month, which kicked off Nov 6, 2017, focused on activities supporting the illegal drug campaign of the administration.
The activities include the Juvenile Justice Week Celebration on the third week; 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) on November 24; Regional Children’s Talent Competition on November 29; Regional Children’s Congress on November 30; and a short play presentation on VAWC, among others.
A children’s statement consolidated from the sentiments of members of the Supreme Pupil Governments (SPGs) and Supreme Student Governments (SSGs) will also be forwarded to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
An excerpt from the statement reads, “As children, we also stand united in our government’s fight against illegal drugs. Please make us understand what is right and show to us the effects of illegal drugs. We wish to grow up in a community that promotes preservation of our innocence, abuse and exploitation.”
The celebration is led by the Regional Sub Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC), Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC) and Regional Committee Against Trafficking-Child Pornography- Violence Against Women and their Children (RCAT-CP-VAWC).
Of the 4.5 million total population of Western Visayas in 2015, more or less 1.6 million or 36.11 percent are children.
Raji Alvarado, RSCWC-6 secretariat said four drug offenses committed by children were reported in the region, based on the data of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) from January to September 2016.