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Naga City cited presidential awardee, hall of fame for best child-friendly city

by EE Jerusalem

Naga City (13 May) -- The city government here hurdles Presidential Award, Hall of Fame for Best Child Friendly City, independent categoryfor the year 2009.

With the effort of its leaders who strongly believes in the principles of doing more with less and shared responsibility, the local government's desire to be child-friendly city became a commitment. It became famous for the many innovations that made Naga stand-out as a LGU to emulate.

The city earned the award based on the efforts of the city government under the leadership of Mayor Jesse Robredo on its innovations and sustained programs for the welfare of children.

Using the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) as framework, this city has invested on key initiatives that target on achieving the child-focused millennium goals. It has sustained its efforts particularly in the education sector with the following programs: NEED-Naga Early Education and Development Program, a comprehensive pre-school education that addresses the need for improved access, equity and quality of education, EDU-CARE, the city's education Montessori where 49 of its centers have already been accredited by the DSWD using its new standard tool.

The city's breastfeeding support groups are active in maintaining vegetable and herbal gardens to support their members. Rice allocation and school supplies are provided to less-privileged children through the Sanggawadan Program-Naga City's localized innovation of the Aus-Aid-assisted Street Urban and Working Children Project (SUWCP). Sanggawadan is an effort to wean or drive children away from the streets and ensure school participation.

Naga City's vision for the children is embodied in the 2009 State of the City Report delivered by Mayor Robredo states that "The best indicator that we have defeated oligarch politics in Naga is if our society enables even the poorest young Nagueños - a talented, self-driven child from the ranks of our urban poor family, who is able to finish school with flying colors and who is able to realize his parent's dream of a college degree." Having planted and nurtured the seeds of his dream, Robredo hopes to see this happen as his legacy for the future generation.

Robredo received a plaque and a cash prize of P800,000 from Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the awarding ceremony held at Malacañang Palace last April 22, 2010. He was joined by City Councilor Seling Tuazon, DSWD director Remia Tapispisan, Mr. Jim Reblando, the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Superintendent of City Schools Carlito Boni and Brgy. Captain Ricardo Buena.

The search for the Most Child-Friendly City/Municipality which was launched in November 1998 aims to: a) give national recognition to municipalities and cities and are considered "child-friendly, b) to encourage LGUs to prioritize and address issues and concerns affecting/effecting the full realization of the rights of children, c) heighten the awareness of the LGUs on the rights of children, and d) monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs and services for children. (DSWD/PIA) [top]

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