Children’s Congress to educate Dumaguete youth on illegal drugs

By Mary Judaline Partlow

November 17, 2017, 8:07 pm

DUMAGUETE CITY – Two hundred youngsters here will converge on Saturday for the Children’s Congress that will tackle issues and concerns about illegal drugs and drug abuse.

The participants, aged 13 to 17, will attend lectures and briefings and participate in some games incorporated in the one-day activity to be held at the residence of Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, said Carola Alquero, City Social Welfare Officer, on Friday.

There will be five participants each from the city’s 30 barangays, plus those coming from the Youth Home and the Casa Esperanza Crisis Center, Alquero added.

Bannering the theme “Bata Iligtas sa Droga”, the Children’s Congress will include a talk on “Moral Values Formation” by Peter Macabinguil of the Parish Youth Council of the Diocese of Dumaguete; lectures on “Statistics on Drugs in Dumaguete City” by SPO3 Rolando Gonzaga of the Dumaguete City Police; “Laws on Drugs” by Prosecutor Lalaine Cimafranca; and "Ill-effects of Illegal Drugs” by Dr. Ma. Sarah Talla, the City Health Officer.

A “Mayor’s Hour” is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12 noon prior to lunch and games.

This is the first time for the Local Council for the Protection of Children to initiate a Children’s Congress in celebration of Children’s Month this November.

Another Children’s Congress was held earlier for Day Care children, workers and parents, sponsored by the Federation of Day Care Workers and Parents, Alquero said. (PNA)