BATANGAS Capitol – A celebration of the “Children’s Month” was hosted by the provincial government at the Regina R. Mandanas Memorial DREAM Zone, Provincial Administrator Wilfredo Racelis said Saturday.
With the theme “Health, Mind and Welfare of Every Child Our Focus,” about 500 participants from various child welfare and protection sectors joined the celebration.
It consists of the child sector representatives of the local government units (LGUs), which include the Sangguniang Barangay chairpersons on social welfare for children, out-of-school youth and children welfare representatives, and the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children Officers and Members.
A featured activity of the program was sharing the province’s “State of the Children Address,” which was presented by Racelis, who also represented Batangas Governor Hermilando “DoDo” Mandanas.
He indicated that the entire leadership of the provincial government of Batangas, led by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, will “continue to promote programs for the youth that will ensure the stability of their well-being so that they can reach the full potential of their abilities.”
Mandanas further said that the “future generations” of Batangueño youth could be the source of new distinguished doctors, scientists, and civil servants who will raise the level of general well-being in the province.
Also part of the program was the swearing in of child representatives consisting of Expedito Marc Antonio F. Rodriguez of the Department of Education (DepEd) (President); Dianne Aeden P. Mendoza of the LGU of Mabini (Vice President); Khloe Phoebe C. Talas of the LGU of Bauan (Secretary); Allyza Nicole S. Bagui of the LGU of Lian (District 1 Coordinator); Sheena Mae Eslabon of the LGU of San Pascual (District 2 Coordinator); Kleyna Wynn L. Suizo of Balete LGU (District 3 Coordinator); Princess Amor D. Garcia of the LGU of Lipa City (District 4, 5, and 6 Coordinator); and Mary Grace L. Ona of the Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission, Inc. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Coordinator recognized the towns that were nominated and led the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) for the year 2019. These include the Towns of Padre Garcia, Taysan, Taal, and Agoncillo.
The sharing activity of the forum on “Mental Health and its Coping Mechanism to the New Normal” was presented by Dr. Divina Francia D. Talosig of the Department of Health Region IV-A.