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Don Alejandro Roces, Sr. Science-Technology High School
August 17, 2013 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Office of the Vice Mayor in cooperation with the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) gathered more than 700 young people all over Quezon City for the 3rd QC Youth Summit held last August 17, 2013 at Don Alejandro Roces, Sr. Science-Technology High School.

Initiated by Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, the youth actively participated the day-long event. Our young leaders converged and came up with a common position paper that can spring concrete solutions to address issues that affects them. Participants of the Summit include Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officers & Members, Student Leaders, Scholars and NGOs/POs/faith-based youth organizations of Quezon City.

Fourth District Representative and House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr., Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte, UP-NCPAG Dean Dr. Maria Fe V. Mendoza, NYC Commissioner Percival Cendeña, Third District Representative Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Sixth District Representative Atty. Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte and SYDP Head Mr. Rogelio Reyes attended and supported the event. The UP-NCPAG Technical Team facilitated the workshops and documented/consolidated all recommendations made by each workshop groups.

The output of the summit was turned-over to Speaker Sonny Belmonte for consideration and basis for review/amendment or crafting of new policies/legislations regarding Sangguniang Kabataan.

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Gift for Children: The Quezon City Children’s Code

The Quezon City Government acknowledges its role, obligation and commitment to ensure the child’s survival, development and protection and should be given high priority by actively pursuing programs and mechanisms for the welfare of children.

In 2010, the 1st QC Children’s Summit was organized by the Office of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte where stakeholders as well as child-advocates were gathered to identify the priority issues and concerns of our city’s children. One agenda that was formulated is a STRONGER COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING AND ENSURING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS. All children have the same rights and all rights are interconnected and of equal importance. Last year, the QC Government reiterated its commitment in the pursuit of building a child-friendly city. A city that protects children’s rights, helps meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

The QC children’s code was drafted and underwent a thorough study, from an internal assessment of existing laws and ordinances, external assessment of other national and international legislation and a review of the situation of the QC’s children through 106 community workshops held last year. The final draft was presented in the series of consultations with NGOs, POs and other government offices / departments District-wide consulations together with the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children, community leaders and child advocates were also organized to gather community voices, most especially the voices of our young ones to take part in local legislation.

In May 2012, the 18th City Council has passed landmark ordinance that will cover child rights and ensure the protection and development of all QC children. This ordinance will become the basis for program development and implementation and a guide for our QC Council for the Protection of Children and the drafting of the Local Development Plan for Children.

The Children’s Code is the City’s guiding principle in promoting and protecting the rights of our children. The ceremonial  signing of the ordinance by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista last October 15, 2012 during the Children’s Month Celebration.

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