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Mandaluyong starts bid for Second National Most Child Friendly Award

MANDALUYONG  City seeks its 2ND Presidential Search for the Most Child-Friendly City of the Philippines after topping the National Capital Region (NCR)as the Regional Child-Friendly Winner, beating other local government units in the region. 

Mayor BenhurAbalos and City Nutrition Action Officer Mrs.MenchieAbalos received Plaque of Top Honors and a cheque worth P50,000 from the Chairperson of the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children Dir. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson  and Asst. DILG Regional Director Jovian Ingeniero, during the Awarding Ceremonies held in WackWack Golf and Country Club  last January 22. 

Mandaluyong joins Bacolod, Baguio and Davao in the Highly Urbanized City Category of  the Presidential Search for the Most Child-friendly City Award.  

The National Awards Committee of the Search composed of representatives from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) are currently conducting their last leg of validation in the city. 

They are evaluating the documents and innovative child-friendly programs of Mandaluyong.

The Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance is given to LGUs that have  complied and passed the series of  Child-Friendly Governance Audit of services  given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Regional Committee for the Welfare of the Children. 

The committee ensures that all recipients of the seal have instituted and includes areas of  Development,  Protection,  Participation and Survival. 

According to the Regional Committee  for the Welfare of Children, Mandaluyong topped all areas of the audit from the NCR pool of  conferees followed by Pasig, Makati, Pasay,  Taguig and Valenzuela in that particular order.

Other LGU-Conferees include Quezon City,  Caloocan,  Muntinlupa,  Marikina,  San Juan,  Malabon,  Pateros,  Manila  and Paranaque.   (30)

Mandaluyong City bats for 2nd  Most Child-Friendly City national title

February 16, 2016

Lucia F. Broño

QUEZON CITY, 16 Feb.(PIA) – -The City of Mandaluyong is batting for a second national Presidential Award for Most-Child Friendly City title in the highly urbanized category.

The City received its first national title in 2011; was bested by Davao in 2012; lost the regional title to Pasig in 2013, thus was not shortlisted for the national title.

It is now aiming for the 2015 national title being the National Capital Region’s (NCR) highest scorer in the 2015 Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) conducted by the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children-NCR and spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

As the Most Child-Friendly City in NCR, Mandaluyong City will vie for the title along with the cities of Davao, Bacolod and Baguio. The winner will be announced during the awarding rites come March.

The National Awards Committee (NAC) composed of Ms. Sheryl Mainar (DSWD Central Office), Ms. Andre Canilang (Council for the Protection of Children) and Ms. Vida Lianne P. Garcia ( JJWC) conducted the validation visit last week (February 10-12).

The NAC evaluated the innovative child-friendly programs of the city and the raffled barangays along with the documents based on six categories which are: Planning and Policy Formulation; Resource Allocation and Utiliziation; Service Delivery (health and nutrition, education, social protection); Institution Building; Child Participation and Community Participation and Resource Mobilization.

Mandaluyong City prides itself of innovative programs which have been contributing factors to awards received by the city in the country and even abroad.

Some of these are: From Womb to Tomb; Project TEACH; E2-G2 (Effective abd Ethical Good Governance); Enhanced Millenium Baby Project; Garden of Life Park; Bahay Pag-asa, Pamahalaan Sa Pamayanan; Breastfeeding Support Group; Child-Focused Disaster Risk Reduction Program and others.

Meanwhile, the Mandaluyong’s Riding in Tandem Ordinance and the Code of Parental Responsibility have greatly reduced crime prevalence in the city.

Awards and citations received by the city únder the leadership of Mayor BenHur Abalos are: Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance 2014 & 2015; Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) for 2015, 2014, 2013; Green Banner Award; Guinness World Record  for Largest Zumba Class in One Location; Gawad Kalusugan Award; United Nations Public Service Award; Rafael M. Salas Population Development Award; Most Business Friendly City in the Philippines; Galing Pook Awards; National Kabalikat Award and the Presidential Award for Most Child-Friendly City in the highly urbanized category.

Placing children at the center of development is the main goal of the Search for Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities.

The annual search is spearheaded by the CWC, the focal government agency for child welfare policies in compliance with the Executive Order No. 184.  The Council gives recognition to local governments for doing their role in promoting and protecting children’s rights to survival, development, protection, and participation.

 The Awards has three (3) categories: the highly urbanized and chartered cities; the 1st to 3rd class municipalities and component cities and 4th to 6th class municipalities. (RJB/LFB/PIA-NCR)

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