The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte joined the celebration of the National Children’s Month 2020 and hosted the Provincial Children’s Forum on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Provincial Multi-Purpose Building, Pigcarangan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
 
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office spearheaded the activity with the theme of this year’s celebration, “Sama-samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya” and respected guests were invited to celebrate this year’s Children’s Month.
 
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member, Hon. Maida Tawantawan, welcome the participants on behalf of Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo and assured that the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte will always actively support and initiate programs that protect the welfare of the children and continuously partners with concerned national government agencies.
 
Present also in the forum are Provincial Legal Officer, Atty. Mark Christopher Babor who discussed the Laws on Children’s and their Rights, and the Provincial Population Officer, Ananette B. Daniel who also discussed the Threats and Risks of Children.
 
Rizalina G. Amesola, the Executive Director of Ranao Women and Children’s Resource Center, Inc., also attended the forum and gave a long discussion on empowering children. “In these trying times, it is very important to treat our children with care because the most empowering thing you can do for your child is to trust them, show and model respect towards them, and encourage them in all they choose to do.”
 
The 2019 National Winner Exemplary Child, Jay Mark Campilan Gac-ang gave an inspirational message on behalf of the children and sincerely thanked the parents and the Provincial government for being always present in their lives.
 
Governor Angging has taken necessary steps to ensure that the children of Lanao del Norte received adequate aid and support from the Provincial Government amidst the crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, and the father of peace, unity, and development, 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo, and support from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan chaired by Vice Governor Maria Cristina ‘Cristy’ N. Atay, to attain the aspiration of building a place where our children find nurturance, sanctuary and the best that they can be for the nation’s future. PIO-LDN