ARMM celebrates 22nd National Children’s Month
COTABATO CITY (22 October 2014)- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao joins the nation in celebrating the 22nd National Children’s Month this October, cognizant of the importance of children’s role in the family, community, and the society as they, too, in their tender age and early capacities partake of the tasks in nation building.
This year’s theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga” highlights children’s participation in decision-making so they can develop and enhance their potentials that could lend to their upbringing as future good leaders and the advancement of their physical, mental, and social well-being.
The event substantiates and gives meaning to the provision of Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declaring the month of October as national celebration month for children so they can be further acquainted with their vital roles in nation building through activities and exposures that meaningfully impart to them the values integral to the process of maturity.
“I do hope that this year’s celebration could open our minds for the urgent need to make our children live to its essence and meaning as an important foundation of the Bangsamoro society,” said Bai Rahima Datumanong-Alba, assistant secretary for operations of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – ARMM.
Children’s participation in decision-making within the family is one of the rights of children stated in Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
“Indeed, the children are one source of the ARMM’s strength, stability, and strength,” Alba said.