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Jordan town bags 2006 presidential award for child-friendly municipality

Cebu City (12 April) -- Jordan, Guimaras adjudged as Most Child-Friendly Municipality in the 1st to 3rd Class Category due to its steadfast commitment and unrelenting efforts to protect and uphold the inherent rights of children.

Jordan mayor Felipe Nava said, the town gives priority attention to children with the barangay officials and the community achieving a 100% Fully Immunization of children; 90% exclusive breastfeeding and 96% salt iodization. Jordan became one of the first LGUs in the country to introduce and integrate social health insurance.

With this program, the town was awarded as one of the Top Ten Municipalities for "Social health Insurance Advocate," Best LGU in the Implementation of Adolescent Reproductive Sexual health in region 6; One of the Outstanding LGUs in Western Visayas on Early Child Development, Food Fortification, LCE with Outstanding Program of MDG Localization; and the Most Supportive Municipality in the Implementation of "Kapag Maliit and Pamilya, Kayang-Kaya," a population management strategy.

In its entry briefer, it was evident that Jordan's Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and its Barangay Nutrition Council (BNC) are fully functional and the municipality has proven its mainstreaming the four gifts for children in its governance-State of the Children's Report; Local development and Investment Plan for Children; Kabataan Knowledge Center and the Local Code for Children.

New Lucena, Iloilo as the Most Child-Friendly Municipality for the 4th to 6th Class category. New Lucena is an agricultural town with 21 barangays and a population of 20,344, 37.38% or 7,604 of which are children.

New Lucena Mayor June Mondejar attributed this recognition to the programs that guarantee survival rights of children through its widespread Operation Birth Right program and its own local search for most nutritionally improved barangay and schools and the search for the cleanest and greenest barangay, schools, parking areas and municipal streets.

Mondejar said, the town has established 23 day care centers that are fully equipped with TV sets and playground facilities. It has also recorded an 85% participation rate of 3-5 year old day care children and an alternative education program for the out-of-school youths such as welding, bamboo craft making, paper making and house wiring were provided to secure their development.

The town has also institutionalized the 4 gifts for children. Mondejar was proud to say that several resolutions and ordinances had been passed to promote children's welfare and protection such as milk code; breastfeeding; setting a curfew for minors; prohibition of children from playing video games and billiards during class hours among others.

Naga City as the Most Child-Friendly City for the Highly-Urbanized and Chartered City Category. Naga City is rich in history with its deep socio cultural background. According to Naga City Mayor Jesse Robledo, Naga's desire to be a child-friendly city became a commitment.

It became famous for the many innovations. The town has earned 140 regional, national and international awards that included a 2004 First-Runner Up Child-Friendly City and Six-Time recipient of the Nutrition Honor Award for ensuring lowest malnutrition rate among its children.

According to an award briefer, Naga City out-performed other cities in building a child-friendly city through its innovative programs. It established a comprehensive pre-school education program and made the School Board more effective for quality public education through administrative and organizational reforms.

Other than improving the quality of public education, Naga also made the young people exercise their right to participation. Through its Computer Literacy and Instructional center for Kids, the access to information technology has prepared the youth to be globally competitive.

Other cities and towns that have made it to the finals include; (a) Bangued, Abra; Dumaguete City ; and Maitum, Sarangani-as Finalists to the 1st-3rd Class Category; (b) Bauko, Mt. Province; and Malitbog, Bukidnon as Finalists to the 4th-6th Class Category and Bacolod City as Finalist to the Highly-Urbanized City/Independent Component City category.

Lastly, the RSCWC in the region hopes that a municipality or city from central Visayas will emerge as a national winner for the 2007 Search. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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