Five LGUs named Presidential Child-Friendly Awardees for 2015

DAVAO CITY — Davao City and four other local government units were named as 2015’s Presidential Awardee for Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities.

Davao City is 2015 Presidential Awardee for Child-Friendly City under the highly-urbanized city category. The Child-Friendly award is the third for two consecutive years for Davao City, thus the city is raised to the Hall of Fame. It also won in 1998 and 1999.

It was last year when the cities of Davao, Baguio, Mandaluyong and Bacolod were evaluated by a team led by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) on the LGUs program and initiatives promoting and protecting children’s rights and welfare.

In Davao City, evaluators visited five barangays for on-site validation of local children-centered policies, activities and facilities. They also conducted focus group discussions and validation of on-ground situation.

The announcement of national awardees was made by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo in Malacañang on Monday. The other National Awardees of the Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities are Beunavista, Guimaras for first to third class Municipality category; Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte for fourth to sixth class municipality; Ilagan City for Component City Category; and Santiago City for Independent Component City Category.

Davao City won its Most Child-Friendly City award in 2013 and the second in 2014.

In the guidelines, national awardees for three (3) consecutive years with consistently increasing final score shall be conferred the “Hall of Fame Award”.

In a press release, Taguiwalo congratulated winners and the finalists of the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC). Taguiwalo said the PACFMC is the government’s effort to recognize the collective efforts of people in the local government units (LGUs) who selflessly and tirelessly work to promote children’s rights.

“Their individual and organizational contributions, big or small, form part of these initiatives and achievements to make our country a better place for our children. The awardees and finalists of the PACFMC have all done their best to provide Filipino children with quality and effective programs and services. We want their efforts to be sustained and replicated not just for our children’s welfare, but for those also of other marginalized and vulnerable groups and families that need our support and service,” she said.

Taguiwalo, however, emphasized that the recognition from Malacañang should serve as a reminder for everyone that much still has to be done for Filipino children.

“Many of them do not still fully enjoy basic rights such as the rights to education, food and shelter. The task is certainly daunting. But with our collective commitment and hard work, we can achieve more milestones to celebrate in the future. We can reach out to many more of our children. We can all help build a better future for them,” she said.

The Presidential Child-Friendly Award was conceptualized with the goal of encouraging local government units to be “child-friendly”. This is to support the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly which highlights the rights of children on survival, development, protection and participation in governance.

The Presidential Award is conferred to deserving local government units in recognition of their vital role in the sustained promotion of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly governance. Lilian Mellejor/PNA – northeboundasia.com