I’ll protect youth welfare, Puentevella vows to church

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has promised the Diocese of Bacolod through Rev. Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Diocese’s Social Action Center that he will not support nor tolerate activities that encourage decadent behavior among the youth.

This was his reply to the call of the Church to stop holding “wet and wild parties” in the city.

“I am for the promotion of their growth as persons with integrity and not compromise their morals and denigrate true Christian values in their persons," the mayor added.

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He said that the observations and suggestions coming from the Catholic Church are valuable inputs which he will consider in their policy deliberations and decisions.

Puentevella shared the Diocese’s sentiment that while parents and teachers are at the forefront in molding the youth, the Church and government must also have the responsibility in their formation.

“Rest assured, the City Government of Bacolod is very much aware of its obligation,” he added.

Puentevella also promised that there will be a strict monitoring of the nighttime activities at the public plaza by police personnel in coordination with appropriate government agencies.

Last month, Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra together with Fr. Larida sent a letter to the mayor, urging the local chief executive to take necessary steps to protect the youth from engaging in “wet and wild” parties.

“These parties do not promote growth but rather encourage decadent behavior,” the religious leaders said.

Navarra and Larida said “the recent deluge of videos and news regarding ‘wet and wild’ parties that our youth have prominently figured is disturbing to say the least.”

The “Wild Water Weekend: Summer Pool Experience” was held at Hi Residences last June 7 while the Summer Smash was staged at the vacant lot of the SM City Bacolod last May 24. At least two more similar events were held in Bacolod recently.

Larida also noted that the Bacolod public plaza has “become the background for the rendezvous of young couples who brazenly display appalling behavior in public at night time.”

“It is also the host to blatant prostitution activities with minors who are the usual victims of this trade,” he pointed out, adding that “security forces should strictly monitor the activities” in the area. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 23, 2014.

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