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Butuan, Surigao to represent Caraga in search for child-friendly cities

by Leah T. Quintana

Butuan City (October 25) -- As regional winners, The cities of Butuan and Surigao were endorsed by the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children to the national level Presidential Awards after being pronounced as regional winners.

Butuan City represents Caraga Region for the Highly Urbanized City Category while Surigao City for the 1st and 3rd Class Municipalities and Component Cities Category.

Each winner received a plaque from DSWD Regional Director and RCWC Chairperson Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo. The awarding ceremony was held recently in time of the 50th Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council Meeting at Almont Inland Resort, this city.

Mayor Democrito O. Plaza II and SB Regina Alaan accepted the award for Butuan and Surigao, respectively. Mayor Alberto Tan of Bislig city accepted the plaque of appreciation for joining the contest.

The Regional Awards Committee created by the Council for the Welfare of Children facilitated the advocacy and promotion of the awards and coordinated the conduct of the same. The committee was composed of DSWD, NEDA, DepEd, DOH, PNP, DOLE and PIA.

According to Atty, Solamillo, the Presidential Awards for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities was first launched on November 13, 1999 to institutionalize a child-friendly environment in the promotion of the right of children to survival, development, protection and participation. Solamillo added that among the specific objectives of the awards is to give national recognition to municipalities and cities that are considered child-friendly and to encourage local government units (LGUs) to prioritize and address issues and concerns affecting/effecting the full realization of the rights of children. The search also aims to heighten the awareness of the LGUs on the rights, programs and services for children.

The awards evaluation tool for municipality and city was used in determining the winners. The tool is designed specifically to measure both the quality and quantity of services being provided by the LGU. The tool has seven indicators as follows: 1) planning and policy formulation; 2) resource allocation; 3) service delivery which includes health and nutrition, education, social protection; 4) institution building/capacity building; 5) child participation; and 6) community participation. (DSWD-13) [top]

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