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CdeO names Canitoan "Most Child Friendly Barangay 2006"

Cagayan de Oro City (31 October) -- In line with the month-long celebration of the National Children's Month, the city government awarded today barangay Canitoan after it was adjudged as the Most Child Friendly Barangay in the city.

City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano presented the plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P50,000 to Barangay Chair Marlyn Lagumen during the regular flag raising ceremony at the city hall ground.

Brgy. Canitoan bested six other barangays in the city after a thorough re-evaluation of the existence and functionality of a Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, Barangay Nutrition Committee and Barangay Development Council; presence of barangay facilities that will ensure the holistic growth of children such as a barangay health center, day care center, reading center and playground; and the provision of annual budget for children's welfare and development.

Other winners of the said search which were able to show their barangay's goal along child health, maternal health, education, child protection, child participation and other family factors are Brgy. 18, Bulua, Carmen, Patag, Macasandig and Puntod. Each of the finalists received a Plaque of Appreciation from Mayor Emano and Councilor Simeon Licayan, chair of the city council committee on health and social services.

Of the 80 barangays, only 33 participated in the search while eight barangays submitted their entries and seven made it to the final round.

The search highlighted the Universal Children's Month celebration which ends tomorrow and aims to heighten the awareness of community leaders and members on the basic rights of children that need to be upheld.

The city government identified children's welfare and development as one of its priority development programs even as it implemented the Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCD) to ensure a balanced physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual growth of children in the city. (City Information Office/ragcom) [top]

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