Some 20,000 children from public and private schools here converged at the CSI Stadia Tuesday for the 2012 Dagupan Children’s Congress sponsored by the Department of Education (DepEd) and its non-government partner CSI Group of Companies.
City Schools Superintendent Alma Ruby Torio welcomed the participants and their parents and guardians in the three-day Congress where the Division of City Schools is holding its festival of talents and skills and academic Olympics.
She thanked Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez whose family owns the CSI Group for working closely with DepEd to make the the third edition of the Children’s Congress most meaningful, educational and worth remembering.
Torio earlier directed all public and private schools in the city to send their pupils and students to the Congress which formed part of the school division’s Festival of Talents, comprising of talent contests, skills Olympics, Academic Olympics, sports and the like.
Winners of these contest will represent the Dagupan division in the regional competition slated sometime in December in San Fernando City, La Union and in the national competition scheduled in summer next year.
Dr. Teresita Velasco, DepEd Regional Director, lauded the three-day Children’s Congress whose theme this year is “Inspiring the Children to Make a Difference”, saying that children are tomorrow’s leaders and must get full attention not only from their parents but also from the government.
Adopted as sub-theme to the three-day Congress is Festival of Talents: Safeguarding Our Environment”.
Top feature during the opening day was launching of the program “From Wrappers to Pavers”, a program on environment of Unilever Philippines which it wanted to share to pupils and students in Dagupan City.
Vice Mayor Fernandez, owner of chain of malls in Region 1, invited Unilever to showcase its technology in Dagupan and enlist the help of pupils and students in collecting wrappers and sachets in their homes so that it could be converted into pavers.
Pavers, made from cement and sand, mixed with ground wrappers and sachets, are solid materials, like bricks, which can be distributed in communities that are usually flooded during the rainy season, which people can step on to avoid their feet getting wet.
Speakers from Unilever showed how the technology of wrappers into pavers works with the use of a machine that is only available now at Unilever in Manila,
Fernandez said she intends to bring a similar machine to Dagupan City soon so that the people here can make their own pavers, instead of bringing the wrappers to Manila.