Monday, September 12, 2016

Robredo: Kiwanis Club can be VP’s partner in promoting Filipino children’s welfare
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 11 (PNA) -- Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo has said the Office of the Vice President and the Kiwanis Club should become partners so the Filipino children can look forward to a better future.

Robredo shared this outlook on the opening day of Kiwanis’ three-day 41st Philippine Luzon District Convention here.

A former representative of the third district of Camarines Sur, where she had supported various programs benefiting children, she expressed willingness for the Office of the Vice President to become a partner of Kiwanis Club in advocating for a “good future for the Filipino children.”

During the Kiwanis event, Robredo affirmed her commitment “to change the face of poverty in the country” by implementing different programs promoting children’s welfare.

Around 1,500 Kiwanis officers and members attended the conference at the City Convention Center here that has for its theme “A Kiwanis HEART (Health, Education, Affection, Recognition and Trust) in serving the children of the world.”

According to www.kiwanis.org, the Kiwanis clubs, which are located in 80 countries, help their communities in various ways but service is at the heart of the organization. They focus on “changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.”

Robredo said in past years during the time of her late husband, Jesse Robredo, who once served as Naga City mayor, the Kiwanis was able to establish various projects that contributed much to the city’s development and progress.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal told the gathering, also on opening day, that he was a “Kiwanian” and that the city government was long a partner of Kiwanis Club in its advocacy to protect the children from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

“This comes with respecting their rights as members of our society,” he said.

Rosal said the local government unit (LGU) of Legazpi has put up various day care centers in the city’s different villages, particularly those living in far flung areas of the city.

“This is to ensure the children will get good, quality education,” he said.

Rosal said the LGU has completed construction of three lying-in clinics, two of these in the southern portion of the city and the third clinic in the northern part of the city.

He said the lying-in clinics provide health care services to both the mothers and their infants, especially those staying in remote villages.

On Sept. 9, the Kiwanis conference started a plenary session and conducted its annual meeting with the group’s top officials and different district officers presenting their reports.

The giving of plaques of appreciation and international awards followed the presentation of reports.

On Sept. 10, delegates to the Kiwanis conference enjoyed an early morning walk along the four-kilometer stretch of the eight-kilometer “Southern Boulevard,” a seaside road that is also a favorite venue for biking and jogging with its two-lane expanse framed by palm and coconut trees.

The coastal road network, extending from the city’s central business district and port area to the southern villages, provides a picturesque view of the iconic Mayon Volcano and what is referred to as “Kapuntukan hill” to the north.

A waterfront commercial complex called “Embarcadero de Legazpi” ushered the visitors to their seaside walk.

Rosal said aside from the Kiwanis meeting, the city has been hosting in the last eight months of this year various conferences of professional, business organizations and national and regional government agencies.

During the same period, another civic organization which mounted its meeting in the city was the 18th National Convention of Federation of Filipino–Chinese Catholic Women’s Organizations.

Rosal said the city government supports the Kiwanis in seeking for more projects for children that he hopes will come out from the conferences increasingly being hosted by Legazpi City.

Data from the City Tourism Office showed Legazpi City posts an average of 35 different gatherings yearly. It also hosts national and regional athletic meets of private and public schools along with several international and national sports events. (PNA) SCS/GVR/EPS/CBD