Bontoc celebrates Children’s Month

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Children from the 16 barangays of Bontoc showcased their talents and skills in singing, declamation, and draw and tell in celebration of the Children’s Month on November 19, 2018.

In the singing contest category, Jay –Ann Claver of Lanao Child Development Center (CDC) in Barangay Bontoc Ili wowed the audience and the Board of Judges with her angelic voice and graceful actions making her the champion. The Day Care Worker in Lanao CDC is Julie Ofo-ob.  Praisely Vandrid of Doddo CDC in Barangay Talubin landed in 2nd place while the teacher is Alona Fomeg-as. Sharmane Chuayya of Alab Oriente CDC and Cristle Amiyao of Caluttit CDC both came in 3rd place. The Day Care Workers are Teresa Bangoy and Edna Peckley, respectively.

Jacob Ali Calngan of Chakalan CDC in Barangay Bontoc Ili emerged as 1st place in the declamation, followed by Temprance Anongos of Lanao CDC in 2nd place, and Rycel Joyce Bautista of Samoki CDC in 3rd place. The Day Care Workers are Annielyn Filog, Julie Ofo-ob and Erlinda Fagyan, respectively.

For the Draw and Tell Contest Category, Oliva Shama Moling of Samoki CDC is the 1st place. The 2nd place went to Princess Love Celestino of Alab Oriente CDC and the 3rd place is Tristan Jin Bolgan of Upper Mainit CDC.  The Day Care Workers are Erlinda Fagyan, Teresa Bangoy and Juliet Salingbay, respectively.

The 1st place in every category received a cash prize of P500.00 each and woven cellphone holder. The 2nd place received a cash prize of P400.00 and woven cellphone holder and the 3rd place received a cash prize of P300.00 and a woven cellphone holder. Those who did not make it to the Top 3 received a consolation prize of P250.00 each.  Also, the Day Care Workers or teachers of the winning participants received a woven cellphone holder.

The judges are Chief of Police PSI Faith Ayan Igualdo of the Bontoc Municipal Police Station, Fire Inspector Jannah Toyoken of the Bontoc Municipal Fire Statio, Susana Bandas and Lydia Solomon who are both retired mentors.

The 1st place winners in every category represented the Bontoc District during the Children’s Month Celebration and Contest –Provincial Level on November 21, 2018. During the provincial level contest, Jacob Ali Calngan emerged as the champion in the Declamation Category while Oliva Shama Moling landed in 3rd place in the Draw and Tell Category.

In his State of the Children Address (SOCA) before parents, Day Care Workers, children and other stakeholders during the Municipal Children’s Month celebration, Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey gave a vivid picture of children in Bontoc focusing on health and education. He likewise enumerated numerous programs of the municipal government and other stakeholders in addressing children concerns in the municipality.

He reported that a total of 564 children in the various CDCs in Bontoc are benefitting from the Supplemental Feeding Program funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). As its counterpart, the Bontoc Municipal Government in partnership with the DSWD- SWAD implements and monitors the program.

Also, the municipal government shells out its counterpart of P3, 200.00 as monthly honorarium of every Day Care Worker.

Aside from this, the Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (MCPC) chaired by Mayor Odsey remains active in addressing issues and concerns of children.

Odsey also urged the parents, community and all stakeholders to work hand in hand with the municipal government for the protection and welfare of children.

“We, as one town should strive to protect every child. This should start in our homes and communities because our children will have no other better models but the very people they deal with every day. We should all seek to leave good prints in the minds of our children so that we will leave a legacy that the next generation shall carry on,” the mayor remarked.

The National Children’s Month is celebrated every November of every year pursuant to Republic Act 10611. For this year, the theme “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga Para sa Lahat ng Bata” focuses on positive parenting.

For this year’s municipal Children’s Month Celebration, it was spearheaded by the Bontoc Municipal Government through its Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).

By Alpine L. Killa

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