Ilocos Sur town vies for "Most Child-Friendly LGU" national award
By Freddie G. Lazaro
Bantay, Ilocos Sur (27 November) -- This historic town of Ilocos Sur is vying for the top - award in this on-going evaluation for the yearly national search for the Most Child-Friendly Municipality under the 4th to 6th class category of Local Government Units (LGUs).
This developed when the municipality was chosen by the members of the Council for the Welfare of Children as one of the top four finalists for final judging nationwide.
Bantay town represented Region One for the national level competition after winning the Regional Most Child-Friendly award this year. The other contenders for the national competition were Sta. Teresita, Cagayan for Region 2; Casiguran, Sorsogon for Region 5; and New Lucena, Iloilo for Region 6.
Bantay town Mayor Samuel C. Parilla expressed his elation for the involvement of his town in the national final competition for the coveted Most Child-Friendly Award.
"Last Friday, the member of the board of judges had evaluated our towns for the final assessment for the search of the most child-friendly municipality nationwide," Parilla said.
"It's a great honor for our town to be one of the national contenders for the coveted most child-friendly award in the national level. I'm very much happy because our town is already assured as runner-up winner in the national level and I would like to share this award to our employees and to our residents for their support and cooperation for the implementation of our priority projects concerning to child development," added Parilla.
The LGU Bantay takes pride on its various projects on caring management of children like the strengthening of the day care centers, the children's health care programs and the programs on child simulation and development.
It was a first time that the town of Bantay won a "first place" in the regional Most Child - Friendly LGU and eventually became a "top four" contender for the national level competition. Last year, the town was runner-up winner in the regional level.
It was also recalled that the Search for Child-Friendly Cities and Municipalities aimed to institutionalize a child-friendly environment and governance in the promotion and protection of children's rights.
The search was conducted pursuance to Executive Order 184 of 1999 "Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities." (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]