The month of October in the Philippines, since 1993, is dedicated to the children.
The celebration is done annually to recognize and emphasize the important role of children within the Filipino family and in nation building.
Section 13, Article II of the Filipino Constitution affirms:
“The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.”
The Council for the Welfare of the Children (CWC) has the mandate to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws, formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children; and it also organizes the activities of the National Children’s Month Celebration. This year the theme chosen is “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!” (Children included yourselves, you are important!), to highlight the children’s rights to participation and encourage stakeholders to promote and advocate for children’s participation in decision-making process at all levels specifically at home, family and community. Many events are in agenda, from some photo and painting contests to an “awareness walk on children’s rights“.
The wellbeing of children, especially for what it concerns their health, is at the centre of the activities of Kito Onlus in the Philippines, and for this reason we are happy to spread the message of the importance of children’s rights with the celebration of the National Children’s Month!