Statistics show that of the more than 130 million primary school age children not enrolled in schools worldwide, nearly 60 percent are girls. To underscore the need to provide every girl who is below 18 years of age with equal opportunity and adequate protection to prepare her for her role in community development, "Girl Child Week Celebration" is observed on March 18-24 annually.
Heading the celebration is The Council for the Welfare of the Child with assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
To empower girls, education is a priority. The education they will get must impart both academic knowledge and practical skills. Girls should also be exposed to other cultures so that they may widen their knowledge and experience.
The community in supporting youth is important and governments and civil society must scale up programs that have the potential to empower girls in their personal as well as public lives.
We congratulate the Council for the Welfare of Children headed by Executive Director Brenda S. Vigo, the Department of Social Welfare and Development led by Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the Department of Interior and Local Government led by Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, the Department of Labor and Employment led by Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz, and Philippine National Police Chief General Alan L. Purisima, for their efforts in developing plans to improve the status of Filipina children in the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!