“Children today is our future; unless we secure their rights, there will be no future.”

Provincial Engineer Enrico Alvarez emphasized this during the first Caviteño Kids Congress which elected child representatives for the Provincial Child Protection Council last Febrauray 16 at Gen. Trias Cultural Convention Center.

With the leadership of the Provincial Government of Cavite and in coordination with the different local government units and other stakeholders, the activity aimed to promote the rights of the children, encourage different stakeholders to be advocates of children’s rights, and encourage Caviteño children to develop their fullest potentials.

During the delivery of the State of the Children’s Address, Alvarez also stated that the welfare of the child is the provincial government’s primary consideration.

DepEd Cavite’s Smile Charies Murillo of Bulihan National High School and General Dan Moises Dave R. Cuesta of Mariano Alvarez Technical High School were selected as the permanent and alternate child representatives for the in-school children, respectively. While Alternative Learning System (ALS)-Naic’s Reign Micah Cabonegro was voted as alternate out-of-school representative.

The Kids Congress also catered to approximately 1,380 children from in and out of school and community/residential facilities through ABSNET.

Earlier on, the children reviewed their rights through a lecture headed by the Provincial Social and Welfare Development Office (PSWDO).

Survey forms were also distributed soliciting the children’s perception on the provision of their survival, developmental, protective, and participation rights. (Kristine Gener, PDO-I)