BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged parents of today’s youth, the child’s first teachers, to guide and nurture their children to grow as responsible and dedicated citizens.
Speaking before the parents and Scouts Officials for A Day (SOFAD) during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony, Domogan underscored the primary obligation of parents to guide and nurture their children to deal with exposure to vices that may compromise their bright future as responsible professionals and push the gains of the present generation to greater heights.
He reported that based on data from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, most of children who are in conflict with the law come from broken families in the different barangays of the city thus it is important for parents to look into the way they raise their children to become productive, not burdensome, members of society.
“We do not want our children to become the problems of our society so we should always see to it that our children are properly nurtured to grow as responsible citizens of our society” Domogan stressed.
He stressed that by allowing their children to actively participate in the numerous activities of the scouting movement, parents are on the right track in ensuring their children are honed and developed as future responsible community leaders because the scouting movement is one of the training grounds of future community leaders where the skills and knowledge on leadership are uncovered, developed and honed.
According to him, there are many avenues where the youth could participate in leadership training activities to get them away from undue influence in vices and other activities that might compromise their growth and development and affect their future.
Domogan emphasized parents do not want their children to suffer the same difficulties in life they were able to hurdle in their past and they are doing everything for their children’s welfare because they want the youth to enjoy a much better living condition than them.
He encouraged parents to show to their children the love that will empower them to strive for the best in their desired endeavour as they climb up the ladder of success in achieving their goals and objectives in life.
The SOFAD is one of the major programs of the local government as training ground for the youth by giving them the experience of leading the affairs of the city even for a single day and thus get acquainted with the daily activities of local officials and employees in attending to the needs of the public.
Some 80 boy and girl scouts coming from the different schools in the city participated in the SOFAD and took over the affairs of the local government last Monday with city officials turning over their chairs to these child officers to implementation the regular program of the city for the day.
By Dexter A. See