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Mayor Panaligan leads joint meeting of peace and order, children’s protection councils

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Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan has spearheaded the Joint Meeting of the City Peace and Order Council and City Council for the Protection of Children.

Present during the meeting were representatives of various stakeholders including principals and guidance counsellors of the different public and private schools in the city, officers of parents and teachers federation, as well as representatives of student organizations.

Also in attendance were barangay officials, representatives of churches and other sectors, law enforcement agencies, city government department heads, members of the sangguniang panlungsod and representatives from the judiciary.

“The meeting discussed the incidents of children and students at risk and in conflict with the law including gang memberships, bullying in schools, drop out and other disciplinary issues. Reports on the situations in the schools were presented,” Mayor Panaligan said.

“In the end, specific measures were formulated to address the issues and problems.”

According to the mayor, the solutions presented led to family, being the smallest yet one of the most important units of society.

“The solutions presented need the concerted action of all sectors – the schools, communities, churches, city government, barangays, law enforcement, social workers, judiciary and other stakeholders but most of all, the problems lead to one conclusion: the family is the first school of children and the root causes of these problems lie in the breakdown of family values and lack of parental responsibility,” said the Mayor.

“This is a big challenge that the meeting seeks to address.”