PWC joins 30th UNCRC Day celebration
DAVAO CITY—PWC participated in the 30th anniversary celebration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child held in time for the Davao City Children’s Festival Celebration last November 20, 2019 at the Gaisano Grand City Gate Mall.
Organized by the Mindanao Coalition for Children’s Rights in partnership with the Mindanao Peace Council, this year’s celebration centered on the theme “KARAPATANG PAMBATA: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan.”
Approximately 1,000 attendees from different government agencies, private entities, and transector organizations from all over Mindanao gathered to commemorate the recognition of children’s rights since the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. The guiding principles under the Convention include non-discrimination, adherence to the best rights of the child, the right to life, survival, and development, and and the right to participate.
Now on its second year of partnership with the Mindanao Coalition for Children’s Rights, PWC commits to raising awareness towards the elimination of all forms of child exploitation. “Since the academe deals with children and their formation, it is only appropriate for us to participate in programs that promote children’s welfare,” Office of the Community Extension Services coordinator Paolo Naval said, “we also hope that by doing so, we get to encourage other private entities to take part and consider children in their advocacies.”
The event kicked off with an art contest followed by a foot parade and a series of presentations on the UNCRC, disaster preparedness, and drug awareness as PDEA was also observing Drug Awareness Month.
The PNP also emphasized the police force’s role in protecting the society especially the children, aiming to transform the negative perception from punisher to protector.
Institutions and individuals including PWC’s Paolo Naval were also recognized for their invaluable efforts in promoting children’s rights and welfare.