Makati: 2008 most child-friendly city in NCR
by Lucia Broņo
Manila (26 November) -- Makati City bagged the 2008 Most Child-Friendly City in the National Capital Region title for the third consecutive year.
Councilor Jejomar Binay Jr. received the award from Ms. Melen Caraballo, Executive Director of the Council for the Welfare of Children and Regional Director Thelsa Biolena of the Department of Social Welfare & Development-NCR during the recent Regional Awarding Ceremony for the Presidential Search for the Most Child-Friendly City/Municipality held at SM Manila.
The city bested six other LGUs for the most sought after award being conferred yearly by the Council for the Welfare of Children to deserving LGUs in recognition of their vital role in promoting children's rights to survival, development, protection and participation as well as in ensuring child-friendly governance.
The Search aimed at encouraging local government units (LGUs) to address issues and concerns affecting the full realization of the rights of children, monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs and services for children, and give national recognition to cities and municipalities that have been considered as "child-friendly."
The Regional Awards Committee (RAC) was composed of members of the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC)-NCR, an inter-agency committee comprising regional government agencies and NGOs conducted the Search which started as early as February till October 2008.
The Committee visited the different participating LGUs and evaluated the quality and quantity of services being provided for children. Two types of validation tools were crafted, the municipality/city and barangay validation tool.
Six major criteria were identified in the city /municipality level: 1) Planning and policy formulation, 2) Resource allocation. 3) Service delivery (health and nutrition, education and Special Protection), 4) Institutional Development, 5) Child Participation, and 6) Community Participation.
The Barangay evaluation tool was designed to validate the records of the city/municipality and looks at the following structures: 1)Day Care Centers, 2) Brgy. Council for the Protection of Children, 3) Bgy Health Stations, 4) Elementary/High School, 5) Reading Center, 6) Playground and 7) Community Support.
Makati garnered an average rating of 96.19 percent, Mandaluyong 83.95 percent and Pasay got an average grade of 80.27 percent. Other LGUs who vied for the award were Las Piņas, Taguig, Valenzuela and Marikina.
This coming December, Makati City along with other five (5) LGUs from the different parts of the country will be vying for the special national recognition as the 2008 Most Child-Friendly City in the Philippines. (PIA) [top]