Belmonte stresses vital role parents play in welfare, dev’t of youth

Published August 20, 2018, 10:48 AM

by iManila Developer

By Chito Chavez

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has stressed the vital role that parents play in the overall welfare and development of the youth as she sought their increased involvement in their children’s school activities.

Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte. (Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN)
Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte. (Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN)

She called on the various parent-teacher associations to practice ‘servant leadership’ as they carry out the important role of guiding and leading in the schools and in the city.

Parents were also called on to attend PTA meetings on a regular basis to monitor their child’s progress in school and civic-related activities.

In some cases, children whose parents desist from attending school-related meetings especially for flimsy reasons feel being unloved and uncared for.

Believing that parents play a big role in ensuring the overall welfare and development of their kids, Belmonte has led in efforts to involve parents more closely in school programs as presiding officer of the city council.

In 2014, the council passed Ordinance No. 2294 to penalize the forced collection of fees or voluntary contributions as a prerequisite for enrollment or graduation of students in Quezon City public schools.

The approved ordinance now mandates school officials and PTAs in public schools to enforce that those fees must be voluntary.

She reminded that the PTAs will also be tasked to coordinate with schools and the city government to enforce the mandatory random drug testing for public school students in high school and college, in accordance with Ordinance No. 2615.

Likewise, Belmonte highlighted the ‘big responsibility’ of PTAs to work with the local government and concerned schools to promote the welfare of students especially during the onslaught of typhoons.

She added that if the Office of the Mayor and disaster management offices are still studying the overall rain and flood situation in Quezon City, barangay officials and PTA officers may already suggest for a localized suspension of classes based on the conditions within their barangay.