Vigan receives most child-friendly award in Region I
By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City (26 October) -- Today, the chief executive of this world heritage city of the North will receive a city's recognition as this year's "Most Child-Friendly City in Region I" at San Fernando City, La Union.
Mayor Ferdinand C. Medina disclosed that the city has won the award after it garnered highest points under the category for region's component city, 1st class to 3rd class municipality during the recently concluded evaluation conducted by the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
In the category for 4th class to 6th class municipality, the town of Tagudin also in Ilocos Sur has won the award.
The evaluation for the award is in pursuance to Executive Order 184 of 1999 "Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities".
According to Mayor Medina, the search was conceptualized and developed to recognize the important roles of the local government units in giving efficient and quality services to the children of their respective localities.
"The search wants to institutionalize a child-friendly environment to promote children's rights on survival, development, protection, and participation," he said.
Of the 39 barangays of Vigan that involved in the search, only 5 barangays were validated such as Barangays IX, Mindoro, Paoa, San Julian Norte and San Jose.
Among the factors that made Vigan City as most child friendly are the presence of convenient facilities in the barangays such as day care centers, health center, public elementary and high schools, school grounds and facilities, reading centers, updated records of Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children; and in the city proper, there are separate detention cell for youth offenders at the PNP-WCCD, BJMP and programs for children by the City Health Office, the City Social Welfare Office, the DILG, the Department of Education, the City Planning and Development Office, and the City Budget Office.
The other city's projects for children include parent effectiveness program; maternal and child health care and control of diarrhea; immunization of children; supplemental feeding program for preschoolers and school children; and special education program for disabled children.
Construction and maintenance of school buildings, facilities, day care centers; procurement of textbooks for elementary and secondary schools; marching band competitions, district-wide sports meet and camporal; and scholarship program to poor students.
Operation and maintenance of school, city and barangay parks; self-employment assistance program for out-of-school youths; skills training for out-of-school youth; health insurance program; provision of social services to abused children; public safety, peace and order and anti-drug abuse program; national children month celebration; family week celebration; and day care services recognition day and Quiz Vigan. (PIA Ilocos) [top]