Designation of the month of June as the Youth’s Welfare Awareness Month pushed

Lawmakers are pushing to designate the month of June of every year as
the Youth’s Welfare Awareness Month to underscore the importance of
looking after the youth’s welfare.

BUHAY Party-list Reps. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr. and Irwin Tieng
jointly filed House Bill 5435 to raise and promote public awareness of
charities benefiting children and youth-serving organizations
throughout the Philippines.

“There is no better time to recognize the value of taking care of our
country’s youth than the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the
birth of our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal,” Velarde said.

“It is Rizal himself who stressed the importance of the youth in
national development in his famous saying:  The youth is the hope of
the nation,” Velarde said.

The bill, to be known as the “Youth’s Welfare Awareness Month of
2011,”  shall recognize efforts made by charities and organizations on
behalf of children and youth as a positive investment in the future of
the Philippines, the whole month of June of every year.

“This representation believes that the month of June, being the start
of the schoolyear, is a fitting time to emphasize the significance of
looking after the youth’s welfare,” Velarde said.

Under the measure, the National Youth Commission (NYC) and the
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with the
Council for the Welfare and Children shall urge all citizens to
recognize a “Youth’s Welfare Awareness Month” and shall hold programs
and activities in observance of the event.

The Department of Education (DepEd) shall facilitate and encourage
the celebration of the event in public and private schools nationwide.

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