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 kamustahan 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 trainings 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 a 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.