The month of November marks the celebration for the National Children’s Month. On its 25th year, the City Government of Cotabato through the Local Council for the Protection of Children launched the National Children’s at Cotabato City Central Pilot School.
As its theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga” speaks, this year’s celebration focuses on the continuous effort of the different sectors and agencies to protect and prevent children from exposure to and acquisition of drugs in order to keep them away from harm. The local council holds too to the vision of giving children a drug-free and low risk community.
Meanwhile, guests and representatives from government and private sectors, and non-government offices graced the launching before diverse set of audience consist of pupils from different schools, teachers, parents, and guardians.
The current City Director, Senior Superintendent Rolly Octavio emphasized on his delivered speech to fully enforce the law which aims to apprehend these lawless entities involved in drug-related activities. He also pointed out the importance of educating and awareness-building pertaining to various information about drugs, its possible effects to several facets of human life, the consequences it may bring, and the coping mechanisms one may undergo after having been a victim of drug use.
City Administrator Dr. Danda Juanday bolstered the concept on attaining a drug-cleared community. He presented data and facts that supported his claims that there is a need to double the effort to champion the anti-drug campaign. The city administrator expressed to the audience especially to the parents and teachers their responsibility to look after and secure their children to guarantee that these kids and adolescents are safeguarded against illegal drugs. Supporting children in their desired activity or letting them participate in any extra-curricular activities is one way of showing kids that they are loved, encouraged and cheered on. The launching activity was concluded by inviting everyone to the different activities set for the whole month especially to the State of the Children Address by Cotabato City Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia J. Guiani-Sayadi on 22 November 2017 at People’s Palace.