By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The Valenzuela City local government has vowed to strengthen its campaign to end violence against children during the closing ceremony of a week-long children protection workshop on Friday afternoon.
The workshop, which started May 17, raised awareness on children safety and protection.
It has also built the capacity of assigned personnel in handling physically, sexually and emotionally abused children.
Mayor Rex Gatchalian, during his speech, said that they have vowed to campaign for children protection because “all kids deserve safety.”
Through the workshop, he said, the city government was able to acquire new ideas to strengthen its efforts on children protection and on how to properly handle abuse cases.
Following their declaration of commitment, Gatchalian hopes that the city would serve as an example to others to promote the end of violence against children.
Even before the event and since he assumed office in 2016, Gatchalian bared, he has already been taking the initiative to protect the kids.
“In fact, we have built our own Child Protection Center. It’s a one-stop shop where children who have experienced abuses will be taken care of,” he said.
The Valenzuela City Child Protection Center is the first locally-funded center in the Philippines, Zyan Caiña, chief public information officer, said.
It is also the first Child Protection Center in Metro Manila, Caiña added.
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (GPEVAC) has partnered with Valenzuela, which has been ranked as the second safest city in Asia by an online database site because they recognized the efforts of the city in taking the lead to campaign for children’s welfare.