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Mayor Abby vows to develop ‘techie’ students; cites gains in promoting children’s rights, welfare

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Makati Mayor Abby Binay has vowed to upgrade the city’s public education system using modern technology and cited recent gains made by the city government in promoting children’s rights and welfare, including improved nutritional status and increased access to basic services.

Binay made the statement during her first State of the Children Address before some 1,000 children from the city’s public schools and barangays who participated in this year’s Children’s Assembly, held at Makati Coliseum in observance of National Children’s Month.

The mayor’s report contained significant accomplishments and plans of the city government anchored on the Ten Rights of Every Filipino Child, which were based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The mayor said that since today’s workplaces are “IT-driven”, her administration will prioritize the upgrading of the city’s public education system and facilities using the latest innovations in technology.

“I want each Makati student to be a ‘techie’ – one who is conversant with the language of technology, and adept with the tools of technology,” Binay said.

The mayor also reported a further reduction in the malnutrition prevalence rate of the city, from 0.57 percent in 2015 to 0.48 percent this year.

She attributed this to the good nutrition program of the city and its aggressive breastfeeding advocacy in the barangays. Other factors she cited were the full immunization package given to newborns in health centers, feeding program and micronutrient supplementation – all implemented by the Makati Health Department.

However, she expressed concern about the rising rate of overweight and obese children in the city. She encouraged the participants to eat more vegetables and fresh fruits, and avoid unhealthy food and beverages.