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By: Jamie So
 
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STORYTELLING SESSION – Day care pupils listens avidly as Mayor Dong Gualberto reads them a book during the Children’s Fair program held at the People’s Hall on November 10, 2017. (Photo by: Erwin Beleo)
 
Filipino children are one of the most valuable assets of our country. They are the future of our nation and recognizing their value by loving, caring and educating them is a step towards uplifting our nation towards greater prosperity.
 
To support one of the city’s commitment to protect the welfare of the children and provide a safer environment for them, the City Government of San Fernando, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), lined up various entertaining and inspiring activities for this year’s 25thNational Children’s Month celebration which highlights the theme “Bata: Iligtas sa Droga!”
 
On November 10, 2017, the celebration kicked off with a Children’s Fair program which was attended by more than 200 day care pupils, together with their parents and teachers, held at the People’s Hall, City of San Fernando, La Union.
 
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SINGING COMPETITION – A talented young boy performing an amazing singing presentation during the Children’s Fair program held at the People’s Hall on November 10, 2017. (Photo by: Erwin Beleo)
 
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STORYTELLING SESSION – Councilor Chary Nisce sharing a story about “Tiktaktok at Pikpakbum” to more than 200 day care pupils during the Children’s Fair program held at the People’s Hall on November 10, 2017. (Photo by: Erwin Beleo)
 
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POSTER-MAKING COMPETITION – Jolly Mae Jucar from San Fernando City National Vocational High School shows off her artistic skill in poster-making by incorporating this year's National Children's Month theme, "Bata: Iligtas sa Droga. (Photo by: Erwin Beleo)
 
During the program, day care pupils participated in the activities such as draw and tell contest, singing competition and storytelling sessions by Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” Gualberto and Councilor Maria Rosario Eufrosina “Chary” Nisce. In addition, the pupils also enjoyed a sweet treat of free ice cream offered by CSWDO employees.
 
Mayor Dong Gualberto shared a meaningful message to everyone saying “we can learn a lot of things from our children, let’s always be humble and always be willing to offer a helping hand to other people.”
 
On another activity, nine students from different schools competed in the poster making contest on November 17, 2017. Renielle Gundran from La Union National High School won first place while Jolly Mae Jucar from San Fernando City National Vocational High School and Emmanuel Borja from Lingsat Integrated School won second and third place respectively. The contest was organized to showcase the creativity and artistic skills of the children from the City of San Fernando.
 
Lastly, more than 20 young adults participated in the Youth Congress 2017 held at the City Library on November 22, 2017. The congress aims to ignite progress, enrich ideas and encourage the youth to take action on the relevant issues happening in the Philippine society. The event included lectures about anti-bullying act and anti-mendicancy law by Commission on Human Rights Regional Director Harold D. Kub-aron, and lectures about teenage pregnancy by Commission of Population Planning Officer Wilma E. Ulpindo.
 
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YOUTH CONGRESS – CHR Regional Director Harold D. Kub-aron lecturing about anti-bullying and anti-mendicancy to more than 20 young adults during the Youth Congress 2017 held at the City Library on November 22, 2017. (Photo by: Kathleen Eunice Gacayan)
 
This year’s celebration of the National Children’s Month aims to promote the children’s physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual well-being. It also aims to educate the youth about the adverse effects of prohibited drugs to one’s health and the negative impacts of illegal drug trade to children.

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