DAGUPAN CITY–The city of Dagupan was recognized anew by the Regional Committee for the Welfare of the Children (RCWC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the Most Child-Friendly City in Region 1 this year.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received the award from DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo on Nov. 27 during the 20th Regional Children’s Month held at HoteLinda Suits in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

Castillo, RCWC chair, cited Dagupan City’s programs on creating awareness among children on disaster preparedness; giving a child-friendly space for children in any evacuation area during calamities; conducting yearly Children’s Congress; and in giving the children the opportunity to exercise their right to participate in running the government through the “Manlinkor a Kalangweran” (Youth Officials) program as among the main reasons why Dagupan was given the award anew.

Dagupan was already adjudged as most child-friendly city in Region 1 in 2014 and went on to become the second best nationwide.

In addition to its many child-friendly practices, Dagupan has its Anti-Bullying and Anti-Drugs hotlines with the support of the Philippine National Police and the Department of Education to save and protect the children of Dagupan City from abuses.

“I would like to thank all our Dagupan City employees headed by their respective Department heads, our Chief of Police Supt Christopher Abrahano and the entire members of Dagupan City Police Station, Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina Bravo of DepEd and the DepEd family, all national government agencies and the council for the protection of children,” said Fernandez.

Mayor Fernandez assured that the city will continue to create awareness and develop the children through music, sports and education.

“Building the future for our children will always be a challenge for each Dagupeño,” Fernandez said.

Corollary to this, Mayor Fernandez will deliver her first State of the Children Address at West Central 1 Elementary School which will coincide with the school’s Elementary Week Celebration on December 7.

The program will focus on the rights of a child, anti-bullying and on how to take care of children’s health. PNA