Malabon City’s BCYA Federation initiates youth training

MALABON CITY – In order to give a lecture seminar to the youth of Malabon City, Barangay Children and Youth Association (BCYA) Federation conducted youth training about different children-related courses last September 9 – 10 and September 16 – 17 at Malabon City Hall.

Youth advocate, Thricia Mae Esguerra, discussed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as the opening topic. HLAF’s Senior Community Organizer, Ms. Claudette Almadin, RSW, then gave the Orientation of BCYA to enlighten the participants of the training why there’s a need to have such a youth organization.

One of the highlights of the youth training was when one of the youth advocates, Thricia Mae Esguerra, expressed her sentiments about how the recent happening regarding children and questioned the participants what children’s rights they did not enjoy? In her lecture, she quoted “Di na nila maabot ang potential nila bilang tao dahil sa murang edad di na nirespeto ang kanilang karapatang mabuhay. Lalong di na nila maipapaliwanag ang kanilang sarili.”

Also, present during the two-day youth training is HLAF’s Executive Director, Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, tackling juvenile justice followed by Mr. Patrick Pangilinan to discuss Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression, Mr. Emjay Estacio talked about HIV Awareness and Prevention and Ms. Abigail Coladilla discussed leadership.

  1. Three cities assemble for the first organized BCPC Kamustahan this 2017

July 20, 2017 – Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) Federation from Quezon City, Malabon, and Navotas gathered for the first organized BCPC Kamustahan by the BCPC Federation of Malabon and Navotas this 2017 at Penthouse, Malabon City Hall.

The kumustahan was graced by the presence of Malabon City Mayor, Hon. Antolin Oreta III and Navotas City Liga President, Coun. Enrico Gino-Gino by giving special messages addressed to the BCPC members.

Mayor Oreta noted during his opening remarks that as the event was a kamustahan, he hoped that the participants will share openly their reports about their BCPCs. Also, Coun. Gino-Gino added during his address that through HLAF, they are thankful that the barangays finished the training through patience and the 13 barangays of Navotas was HLAF trained.

“The success of the community is through the help of the community, family, and school… for their development… we should always think the welfare of the children.” Coun. Gino-Gino said.

Quezon City District 2, Quezon City District 5, Navotas City BCPC Federation, and Malabon City BCPC Federation reported their activities, good stories, and best practices for the whole year. 

Coun. Peng Mañalac and Coun. Enzo Oreta also attended the said kamustahan and gave few words of encouragement to the participants.

“I hope that we protect the children, prevent them from vices… let’s continue to support projects for the children.” Coun. Enzo Oreta said.

Also, during the event, the Navotas BCPC Federation awarded Coun. Enrico Gino-Gino for his efforts and support to the activities and advocacies of the BCPC Federation.

The Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF) Executive Director, Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria then called on stage to give closing remarks at the BCPC Kamustahan as he is commending the efforts and support of the BCPC members.

“I really appreciate the importance of the BCPC Federation… it strengthens the force of the BCPCs. Quezon City, Malabon City, and Navotas City proved the importance of BCPCs as they’re able to reason out with their Congressmen, Mayors, and Councils about BCPCs and child protection. Capacitating BCPCs is essential as it gives strength to your voice as advocates…” Atty. Abitria said.

The kamustahan ended with a photo opportunity for the participants.

The masters of the ceremony are Brgy. Concepcion Sec. Eduardo Antoja Jr. and Brgy. Daanghari Sec. Charisse Cruz. Also, the HLAF team present includes HLAF interns, HLAF Senior Community Organizer, Ms. Claudette Almadin, HLAF Community Organizers, Ms. Carmelita Torrefiel, and Mr. Kio Jerome Dela Peña, and HLAF Communications Officer, Ms. Ma. Luisa Bautista.

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