ILOILO City – The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) in Western Visayas recently recognized the outstanding performance of local government units (LGUs) in the region in the implementation of child-friendly programs and services in year 2018.
Leading the awardees this year are the Iloilo City and the municipality of Sapian in Capiz, who were hailed as national finalists for the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) under the highly-urbanized city and 4th to 6th class income municipality categories, respectively.
As finalists, they will compete with other LGUs in the country for the coveted PACFMC which President Rodrigo Duterte will personally award to the winners in Malacañang.
Both LGUs garnered the highest scores in their respective categories in the 2018 Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) conducted by the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force and qualified for the PACFMC. They were evaluated by the National Awards Committee last July.
Also cited during the event were the top five outstanding LGUs in each of the six provinces in the region as indicated in the result of the 2018 CFLGA.
For Aklan province, the top performing LGUs were: Malinao, Banga, Ibajay, Buruanga, New Washington, Madalag, Makato, Tangalan, Batan, and Malay.
The top LGUs for Antique were: Barbaza, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Anini-y, Culasi, and Pandan.
For Capiz, ranked first was Sapian town, followed by Dumarao, Sigma, Tapaz, Roxas City, and Cuartero.
The municipality of Buenavista garnered first place in the province of Guimaras, followed by Sibunag, and San Lorenzo.
For Iloilo, Anilao and Barotac Nuevo towns took first place rating, followed by Banate, Cabatuan, Passi City, San Rafael, Iloilo City, Ajuy, Bingawan, Mina, Guimbal, Lemery, Leon, Miag-ao, and Sta. Barbara.
The municipality of Hinoba-an captured the top spot for the province of Negros Occidental followed by the cities of Silay, Victorias, Himamaylan, Bago City, San Enrique, Candoni, and Pulupundan.
Local chief executives and representatives of LGU awardees received their plaque of recognition from members of RSCWC-6 led by Regional Director Engr. Ariel Iglesia of the Department of the Interior and Local Government-6 and Director III Evangeline Felecio of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-6 during the Regional Awarding and Conferment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance held in this city.
Aside from the plaque of recognition, LGU awardees also took home their Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance.
A total of 129 LGUs in the region were conferred with the seal after they passed the 2018 CFLGA.
Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Seville congratulated local chief executives and members of the Local Council for the Protection of Children who were conferred with the seal.
“But more than the awards, and the incentives, we cherish the honor of being able to lead a municipality/city that has keen regard for children. We are happy about having made sure our children are safe within the bounds of our localities,” said Seville.
A former member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo, Seville enacted the Code of Parental Responsibility that strengthened parental responsibility over children where parents will be penalized for the offenses committed by their children.(With a report from PIA/PN)