Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Panabo children’s village hosts regional festival

PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte—The city hosted the 5th Inter-Generation Festival for children themed, “Ganito Kami Noon at ito na Kami Ngayon”  held in line with Children’s Month celebration in October.

Involving regional participation, the festival was held on October 29 in one of the leading children centers in Panabo,  the Mariphil Children’s Village-Atong Pinoy-anan at Barangay Nanyo.

The festival was conducted in coordination with the Area Based Standard-Network (ABSNET) North Davao Cluster, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI,  various foundations, non-government  organizations (NGO) and government organizations.

City Mayor Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. graced the program and spoke about the effort of the city government in strengthening its support to  children and youth.

“The City Government is doing its best in providing attention and support to the youth of today especially those who are at risk,” Silvosa said.

 He also cited the Inter-Generation Festival as an initiative to strengthen efforts of “molding the less fortunate children to be responsible and productive citizens in their community”.

Also present during the festival were City Councilor Emeterio Blasé  and Mariphil President Franklin Gentiles.

“This program aims to be a venue in sharing the children’s talents and experiences,” said Gentiles.

According to Councilor Blase, Mariphil is a joint venture that was funded by the Local Government and a German foundation accredited by the DSWD to cater selected Orphans in the City.

Among the Foundations that attended the Festival were the Home for the Aged from Visayan Village, Tagum City; Angel Baraquiel of Panabo City; Sagop-Palad; Touch of Hope Foundation, House of Joy, and Women Development Center.

DSWD and ABSNET were partners in monitoring and implementing programs and policies to the less fortunate. ABSNET started in 2002, a federation that provides support on social legislations, programs activities that will benefit        all Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDA) and Local Government Units (LGU). (Jasmine Paras, CIO Panabo/ MAR)

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