DSWD and JICA Launch Children’s Books Promoting Mental Health During Pandemic – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Council for Child Welfare (CWC), has launched an activity book and a cartoon that could help relieve mental disorders. health risks of the pandemic for Filipino children and youth.
The activity book titled “Sarilaysay, (Sariling Salaysay, Isang Activity Book Para sa Malusog na Pag-Iisip ng mga Batang Pilipino)” aims to help children aged five to nine years express themselves, meditate and manage stress during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the “Eroplanong Papel” comic strip, which will be distributed to children and young people aged 10 to 17, features relatable characters who “will help address the fears and worries of children and young people by adapting to the new normal situation”.
Sarilaysay was illustrated by Randy Valiente, while Eroplanong Papel was drawn by Dominic Agsaway. Both documents were written by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz.
Advocacy materials will be distributed to children in DSWD-run residential care facilities and other DSWD and CWC beneficiaries.
During the launch, secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista spoke about the importance of materials.
He said, “With the pandemic affecting the overall health and well-being of children, DSWD and CWC have partnered with JICA to create a project to address the mental health risks brought by Covid-19. 19 to Filipino children.
“One of the effective strategies identified by the three agencies is to develop child-friendly information materials that will help guide children in residential care settings and in poor communities to cope with the changes brought about by the pandemic in their lives,” he added.
Bautista received copies of Sarilaysay and Eroplanong Papel from JICA-Philippines Chief Representative Sakamoto Takema in a simple handover ceremony on June 2.
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