Twelve children-beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII showcase their creativity and artistry under the “Likha ng Bata, Para sa Bata” contest.

Six children-beneficiaries used vivid colors and broad strokes in creating their visual arts. They are Decylou Damoloan of Bilar, Bohol; Jessa Mae Catada and Lolly Ann Baluarte, both from the town of Siquijor; Kyla Arig of Cebu City, John Wilson Inion of Alcoy, and Pea Rosemarie Torcende of Minglanilla, Cebu.

John Wilson Inion

John Wilson, a grade 11 student, explained that his artwork illustrated the rights of every Filipino child. The two hands in the middle of the artwork symbolized the DSWD and 4Ps that helped the beneficiaries uplift their level of well-being. He further explained that the program helped the parents send their children to school and pursue their studies.

Jessa Mae Catada’s artwork highlighted the children’s rights such as love and security, a decent place to live, protection from abuse, good education, adequate medical care, and healthy food to eat.

The other six children showcased their musicality through a song composition namely; Crystal Faith Daigan, Ubay, Bohol; Aizeah Christine Paalan, Compostela, Cebu; Jhon Lee Villanueva, Santa Fe, Cebu; Mikhaila Dublin, Daanbantayan, Cebu; Baby Jane Diosana, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental; and Gleen Diane Villego, Basay, Negros Oriental.

In her original song composition entitled “Pag-abot sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” Crystal Faith Daigan shared that her song talked about her life’s journey. The song is also her way of expressing gratitude to the program because it sustained her studies. After the death of her father, she is now being raised by her mother and grandmother.

For the lyrics of Baby Jane Diosana’s song “Damgo’g Katungod” underscores the important role of the youth in the society. She added that she perseveres in her studies as her contribution to nation building.

Ang ginawang kanta ay magsisilbi ring mensahe para sa mga batang tulad ko na nag-aaral, na huwag sayangin ang bawat pagkakataon (The song sends a message to all children like me to study and not to waste any opportunity),” said Baby Jane.

Baby Jane Diosana

The twelve entries will receive a cash incentive and a certificate of recognition.

The Social Media Choice award will be selected through online voting of the DSWD Region VII Facebook fan page. The most number of reactions, shares, and comments will be declared as the winner.

Voting starts on November 15, 2021, and ends on November 19, 2021, at 12:00 noon

The contest is in line with the National Children’s month celebration in November.

The ‘Likha ng Bata, para sa Bata’ aims to echo the voice of the 4Ps children-beneficiaries through their own creative expression such as to present their life experiences, capabilities, and vision. ###

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