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If kids were legislators, here’s what they will do…

July 16, 2019

Just in time for the coming State of the Nation Address on July 22, it is both interesting and engaging to discover what children know about legislation and what would be included in their list of priorities should they be in position to create laws.

Fourteen children aged 8 to 15 years old, who will serve as KidZania Manila’s legislators for the next two years, visited the Senate of the Philippines for an education immersion and effec­tively answer the above questions.

The CongreZZ Kids are tasked to help govern KidZania Manila, discuss trends affecting their generation, and propose rules and innovations to help continue making the play city an ideal place for children where they can learn the value of hard work through the power of role play.

Senator Francis Pangilinan (center) with (from left) KidZania Manila content manager Ikey Canoy, CongreZZ Kids Patricia Balatbat and Riley Catral, and KidZania COO Tourino Dilaga

In the senate, they presented their manifestos to to Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan during their Senate tour. The senator eagerly welcomed the kids’ ideas, received their manifestos, and accommodated questions on making laws.

As it turned out, if children were legislators, they would focus on fair compensation, safe and clean environment, quality education, culture and history and technological advancement in their bills.

Andrea Sta. Maria, 10 years old, Kian Jimenez, 11, and Liz Castigo, 9, regard the importance of hard work and they want to have regulations that stand by its value, particularly on fair labor compensation.

Fourteen children aged 8 to 15 years old visited the Senate of the Philippines for an educational immersion.
CongreZZ Kids Juhi Chandiramani and Gian Cera

Beside presenting their manifesto, the kids also had the chance to ask questions on lawmaking.

Meanwhile, 12-year old Angela de Guzman and 10-year old Gian Cera and Juhi Chandiramani want stricter rules governing the environment “because we only have one world to live in and we should save it.”

Happy Aguilar, 11, Jiada Javier, 9, and Renz Emperador, 15, emphasized that learning should be adaptable to capture the attention of today’s kids. “We should have something that interests the children and suitable for the generation in today’s world. If something interests the child, they would enjoy learning it,” said Happy.

Young legislators Jillian Salina, 9, Kate Amarille, 10, and Kim Amarille, 8, believe in the importance of the Filipino language, Philippine history, and culture in connecting citizens. Patricia Balatbat, 13, and Riley Catral, 10, on the other hand, see today’s digital world as key in providing more jobs for Filipinos.

Together these children will work for the welfare of KidZania Manila and its young CitiZens in line with the “Generation KidZania: Kids building a better world” campaign.

Visit KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle in BGC.

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