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Feature: Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities is now on

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (12 April) -- The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children in Central Visayas (RSCWC-7) is now accepting entries for the 2007 Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities in line with the Child-Friendly Movement.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-7) regional director, Teodulo Romo revealed that the Search for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities was launched in November 1998 that aimed to support the movement and also in recognition of the role of the local government units in the country in promoting and protecting the rights of the child to survival, development, protection and participation.

Romo who is also the chairman of the RSCWC in the region enjoins all cities and municipalities to submit entries. Entry forms are available at their respective local government units through the DILG and also at the local sub-committees for the welfare of children.

According to Romo, to qualify for the search, LGUs shall have the following: (a) Local Development and Investment Plan for Children (separate or integrated in the Local development Plan); (b) Local Ordinances that promote and protect children's rights (e.g. Provincial, City or Municipal Children's Code); (c) Updated data or data bank on children. These items form part of the supporting documents that will be submitted with the required documents that are enumerated in the entry form.

The entries are evaluated from the provincial to the regional levels using the following indicators or criteria: (a) Planning and Policy Formulation-15%; (b) Resource Allocation-15%; (c) Service Delivery on health & Nutrition-20%; Education-10%; Social Protection-10%; (d) Institution & Capability Building-10%; (e) Child Participation-10%; (f) Community Participation-10%.

Evaluation tools have been developed for both the municipality and barangay level. Regional Awards shall be given every year while the National Awards shall be given every three (3) years. For this year, Romo said that the Search shall have four categories (4) based on the classification of municipalities and cities-1st-3rd class municipalities; 4th-6th class municipalities; highly-urbanized cities and component cities.

The RSCWC-7 has scheduled the timelines of the Search. April-June 30 is the submission of municipal entries to the province; July-August 15 will the provincial screening and submission of provincial nominees to the RSCWC; August 30 is the deadline of entries from the provincial level to the RSCWC. By September-October, the RSCWC will conduct regional level screening, validation and declaration of winners and the awarding of winners will take place in November 2007. (PIA) [top]

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