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Maasin City, Allen town win Region 8's child-friendly awards

Tacloban City (October 24) -- Maasin City and Allen, Northern Samar have been adjudged as the Region’s Child-Friendly City and Child-Friendly Municipality, respectively.

DSWD 8 Director Letecia Corillo said that the Awarding for the Regional Outstanding Winners of the Presidential Child Friendly Awards will be at 10:00 o’clock in the morning of November 3.

Director Corillo said that the child-friendly movement is a growing worldwide effort to operationalize the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It involves children themselves, families, communities, church groups, and the government. Aptly put, it aims to place children at the center of all development efforts to effect sensitization of society toward child-friendliness.

Launched last November 1998, the Search for Child Friendly Cities and Municipalities aims to support the aforementioned movement. The Search is also in recognition of the role of the local government units in promoting and protecting children's right to survival, development, protection, and participation.

The general objective of the Search, Director Corillo said, is to institutionalize a child-friendly environment in the promotion of the right of children to survival, development, protection, and participation.

It specifically aims to give national recognition to municipalities and cities that are considered as "child-friendly", to encourage local government units (LGUs) to prioritize and address issues/concerns affecting/effecting the full realization of the rights of children, to heighten the awareness of LGUs on the rights of children, and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs and services for children.

The Search shall have four categories based on the classification of municipalities and cities. These are 1st - 3rd class municipalities, 4th - 6th class municipalities, highly-urbanized cities and component cities.

Director Corillo added that the entries were evaluated using a set of criteria which include planning and policy formulation, resource allocation, service delivery, institution building, capability building, monitoring and evaluation and impact indications like nutrition, health and education.

A child friendly seal will be awarded the winners, Director Corillo concluded. (PIA 8) [top]

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