The Regional Sub Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) MIMAROPA, in conjunction with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) Palawan, orchestrated the highly successful 2023 Regional Children’s Congress held on Tuesday, November 21, at the Ala Amid Bed and Breakfast in Puerto Princesa City.
The congress served as a platform, bringing together passionate child representatives from various municipalities, including Narra, Roxas, Aborlan, Quezon, Taytay, San Vicente, as well as participants from the Bahay Pag-asa Youth Center and Lualhati Women Center of Palawan.
The primary goal was to provide a conducive space for these young leaders to engage in meaningful discourse, address pressing social issues, and actively participate in the democratic process of electing representatives.
Prior to the elections, the Regional Coordinator of RSCWC-MIMAROPA, Ericka Bautista, took center stage to present and elaborate on the guidelines for the selection, roles, and responsibilities of child representatives.
This session laid the foundation for the subsequent democratic process that saw Myka Angela Fronda and Azlinawati Enting, representing the Municipality of Narra, Palawan, emerge as the winners.
Fronda secured the position of Child Representative for the Provincial Council for the Protection of Children (PCPC) Palawan, while Enting was elected as the Sectoral Representative for Indigenous People.
The election process, conducted through a meticulous secret balloting procedure, added an extra layer of importance to the proceedings, highlighting transparency and fairness in the selection of these young leaders.
Following the election, Bautista directed the gathering towards meaningful initiatives. An orientation on the MAKABATA (MAhalin at KAlingain ang ating mga baTA) Helpline 1383 was conducted, offering a thorough insight into the mechanism created for swift responses, monitoring, and feedback via diverse channels such as calls, emails, and social media platforms.
This promotes the commitment to safeguarding the safety and well-being of children, establishing a direct and effective communication avenue.
Grace Estefano, an Education Program Specialist II at the Department of Education (DepEd) Palawan, on the other hand, explored the nuances of the Child Protection Policy and other pertinent regulations, with the goal of heightening awareness among participants and advocating for a more secure environment for the children of Palawan.
Before the event ended, Abigail D. Ablana, Palawan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer, extended sincere congratulations to all attendees.
She commended their active engagement and urged them to serve as ambassadors of change, disseminating the insights acquired during the congress in their respective municipalities.