128 Central Visayas LGUs cited for child-friendly programs, initiatives

Published September 17, 2018, 8:11 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Minerva BC Newman

CEBU CITY – One hundred twenty eight local government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas were recognized and conferred the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) over the weekend at the Capitol Social Hall, Cebu Capitol here by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG-Central Visayas regional council for the welfare of children (RCWC) focal person Rothwell Pulido said the award covers all the cities and municipalities in the region that were assessed based on their level of performance in implementing programs that uplift the welfare and status of children.

Pulido said the SCFLG recognized the 128 LGUs for which passed the annual mandatory Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA).

The 128 LGUs include the 46 municipalities from Bohol, 44 municipalities from Cebu, 17 municipalities from Negros Oriental and municipalities from Siquijor, Pulido added.

The award also included 13 component cities–Toledo City, Carcar City, Naga City, Talisay City, Danao City, Bogo City, Tagbilaran City, Canlaon City, Bais City, Dumaguete City, Tanjay City, Guihulngan City and Bayawan City and the 3 highly urbanized cities: Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City, Pulido bared.

Pulido added that these LGUs with the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance qualified for an incentive and award system being handled by the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC)

Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and DSWD-Central Visayas also conferred the awards for the 2016 PAFMC regional winners.

DSWD-Central Visayas assistant regional director for operations Shalaine Marie Lucero gave the plaque of recognition to Mandaue City under the highly urbanized city category while Danao City received the award under the component city.

This recognition is given every two years, Lucero said.

The municipalities of Talibon, Bohol and Valencia in Negros Oriental were recognized as the National Finalists for the 2016 PACFMC under the 1st to 3rd class municipality category while the municipality of Corella, Bohol received the same award under the 4th to 6th class municipality category, she added.

CWC executive director Mary Mitzi Cajayon-Uy said she was extremely humbled to witness firsthand how these LGUs promote and protect the rights of the children.

Uy said CWC wants to have more allies to continue the making of this vision of child-friendly Philippines, making this holistic development of every child a reality.

“The journey towards a child-friendly Philippines may not be easy but we promise you that it will be worthwhile. So, let us join forces to pave the route for the future leaders of the world who are our children,” Uy added.