Championing children's rights: Muntinlupa's LCPC hosts children's congress 2023
A total of 130 child leaders congregated at the "Children's Congress 2023," a pivotal event organized by the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC Muntinlupa). The Congress, which took place on August 8 at South Park Center, Brgy. Alabang, resonated with the vibrant voices of Muntinlupa's youth, focusing on vital discussions surrounding children's rights across various facets—survival, protection, development, and participation.
Marking a significant annual child-led initiative, the program served as a platform for young individuals to delve into discussions centered around their rights. The thematic discussions covered a comprehensive array of topics, ranging from the essential aspects of their well-being to fostering their active participation in community matters.
At the heart of the program lay a unique opportunity for children to be heard, particularly concerning the drafting of child protection and child participation ordinances. The culmination of the Children's Congress discussions will lay the groundwork for future programs designed to cater to the unique needs and aspirations of the young Muntinlupeños.
Mayor Ruffy Biazon emphasized the importance of the event, stating, "This is a means for the City Government to listen to the thoughts and emotions of our youth. We provide them protection, and we provide them services, for the youth are the future of our nation." This sentiment encapsulates the city's commitment to fostering an environment where the voices of its youth are nurtured and respected.
The gathering encompassed a diverse range of participants, reflecting the city's inclusivity and dedication to capturing the perspectives of various sectors. The attendees hailed from a myriad of backgrounds, including in-school children from both public and private elementary and high schools, out-of-school children, children with disabilities, faith-based ethnic groups, and members of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC).
As the Children's Congress 2023 draws to a close, it leaves behind a powerful message: that Muntinlupa's youth possess an essential role in shaping the future of their community. Through platforms like this, the city paves the way for a more inclusive and participatory society, where the aspirations and insights of its young residents serve as guiding lights for a brighter tomorrow.