CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – In celebration of the National Children’s Month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Council for Welfare of Children (CWC), spearheaded this year’s National Children’s Congress (NCC), November 18 until November 22.

Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office disclosed that the closing ceremony of the NCC was held at the AFP Theater here, November 22. The program includes an awarding ceremony and remarks from the resource speakers of DSWD, CWC, and UNICEF.

The five-day event culminated in an “Araw ng Kabataan” which gathered 900 children beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD across the 87 provinces of the Philippines, and also 200 participants from partner organizations, and sponsors. 

During the “Araw ng Kabataan”, the DSWD held the awarding of the National Search for Exemplary 2016.

“We take pride of the children leaders that we have produced in the past four years. These children really deserve to be called as exemplary. Despite life’s difficulties, they continue to pursue their dreams. They inspire us to work harder to give them better future” said DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.

The organizers provided a series of light and fun workshops and activities, output-building, and fellowship for the children to encourage them to be active citizens.

For its part, the AFP conducted a medical and dental mission at the AFP Theater here, through the Surgeon General and the Office of the Chief Dental Service.

With the theme “Isulong: Kalidad na edukasyon para sa lahat ng bata.” this annual activity aims to engage the youth with different activities to pool exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children beneficiaries and equip them with the essential knowledge on the program and to support children’s rights as well.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines supports these kinds of activities for the youth. It is important that we give recognition to our children and encourage quality education and learning to all our Filipino youth,” General Ricardo Visaya, AFP Chief of Staff said.

“We hope that through the medical and dental mission, the AFP will be able to show its unwavering support to other government organizations such as the DSWD in advancing the welfare of the youth and in making them ready to lead the country in the future,” Gen Visaya added.