Davao City, Philippines – November is the Philippines’ National Children’s Month, thus the deliberate efforts of all stakeholders to highlight children’s rights and welfare through various activities that are aimed to increase the awareness and involvement of the public about the issue.

Global Impact staff concluding a validation of the largest local government unit in the city on its child-friendliness in terms of policies and programs related to children.

As an active member of the Davao City Council for the Welfare of Children (DCCWC) and Mindanao Coalition for Children’s Rights (MCCR), Global Impact co-organized and participated in the Children’s Mall Fair on November 20, 2017 where 10 student beneficiaries of the foundation’s program, the Impact Club, performed a dance number and had fun along with more than 100 children from all over Davao City representing the Indigenous Peoples, Muslims and other vulnerable groups and at-risk communities including the Internally Displaced People from Marawi.

Global Impact’s regular radio program dedicated the whole month to children’s rights concerns. In the photo, radio hosts are flanked by a 14-year old child representative and social workers from the City Social Services and Development Office.

Global Impact staff and volunteers did face painting and facilitated coloring activities. Included in the month-long activities were a city-wide Children’s Congress held to gather the children’s collective problems and solutions to help legislators improve on the laws and policies for children, and a validation of child-friendly barangays (neighborhoods) and local government units.