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Malitbog town, Malaybalay City declared most child-friendly Normin LGUs

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (25 October) -- "I really hope we will be able to go back to Malacaņang, this time to receive the 2006 Seal of the Most Child-Friendly Municipality (MCFM) of the country."

Thus came the inspiring message of Osmundo N. Dela Rosa, Municipal Mayor of Malitbog, Bukidnon during his acceptance speech as Regional Winner of the MCFM, 4th-6th Class Municipality Category in appropriate ceremonies held at Grand Caprice Rest., Cagayan de Oro City, recently.

Happy that Malitbog has also made it as one of the 10 MCFM's vying for the national title, Dela Rosa said he is voicing out his constituents in doing the honors for his town after he received the award for Most Outstanding Municipal Peace and Order Council in 2004 from Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself, right in Malacaņang.

The MPOC award, he said, has recognized the town's efforts in intensifying the move against the communist terrorists in all fronts and tapping the Barangay Peace and Order Councils (BPOC) to help attain peace and fight terrorism, winning for Malitbog the region's search for best MPOC in 2003.

"In that year, however, we only got the 2nd Best MPOC Award in the national level. But the year after that, we got the award for Best MPOC. That's when we went to Malacaņang to receive our award," Dela Rosa said.

He said this year, so many good things have come for Malitbog, aside from winning the Best in Street Dancing and Best Float during the 2006 Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay City.

"We are glad that our efforts in putting up projects that give utmost consideration for the bright future of our children have been recognized. We believe in this year's theme of the October Children's Month, that a 'Bright Child is a Treasure to the Family and a Treasure to the Country' and therefore, we have to develop them to become the leaders of tomorrow," he stressed.

Other winners in the 4th-6th class municipality category are Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, 2nd place and Cabanglasan, Bukidnon, 3rd place.

Meanwhile, winners in the 1st-3rd Class Municipality and Component City Category are: Malaybalay City, 1st place, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, 2nd place and Tangub City, 3rd place.

Initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children, the search for MCFLGU recognizes the role of the LGUs in promoting and protecting children's rights to survival, development, protection and participation and their support to the Child-Friendly Movement (CFM) aimed at mainstreaming the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and making them sensitive to the children's needs.

Moreover, Regional Director Ester Acebedo-Versoza of the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10, said among the requirements of the MDFLGUsearch is that LGUs should develop the children to become competitive.

"Among others, the LGUs should have Local Development and Investment Plans for Children, local ordinances that promote and protect children's rights and an updated databank on children," Verzosa added. (PIA 10) [top]

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