City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) hosted convocation program earlier today, in the advocacy of ‘Children Protection.’ This is also in part of November celebration dubbed “Children’s Month.”
“It takes a village to raise a Child,” an African proverb quoted in his speech by the invited resource speaker, Atty. Jonathan Keith T. Flores.
Anchored on the theme in child protection, Flores underscored salient points on children’s welfare in the community by discovering and maximizing their potentials free from fear, harm and abuse.
He added that this can be possible if we should stop believing that it is solely for the parent’s responsibility to raise a child, but it is everybody’s business.
He also said that we should veer away from the old-fashioned mindset of blaming the parents for misdemeanour and misfortunes committed by their children.
Instead of questioning parental capabilities, he stressed that we should be active players in the role for raising the children in the community. He cited that we can make a difference to child’s fate by simply reporting to proper authorities in the event of ill-treatment and unlawful acts inflicted to them.
Flores, a son of incumbent Congressman Florencio T. Flores, Jr., urged everyone’s role to be proactive like advocating children’s rights, laws that aim to protect our children and creating a safer environment for them.
Meanwhile, City Officials along the CSWDO head Ms. Virginia I. Flores and City Administrator Herculano S. Ronolo, handed the plaque of Appreciation to Atty Flores, as Guest Speaker of the second Monday Convocation Program held at City Hall Compounds, City of Malaybalay.