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2 cities, 2 towns are finalists in Central Visayas search for child-friendly LGU

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (4 November) -- Cebu City and the towns of Pilar and Dalaguete in Cebu and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental are this year's regional finalists to the Presidential Search for the Most Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

During the regular meeting of the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC-7) recently, DSWD regional director Teodulo Romo said, Cebu City and Dumaguete City are the only finalists for the highly-urbanized city and component/independent city categories respectively.

Romo said, last year the RSCWC-7 also endorsed Cebu City and Dumaguete City for their respective category to vie for the national level award.

According to DSWD-7 Cebu City, Pilar and Dalaguete have won in their respective categories in 2006 and if they still win this year, they are just a win away to join in the national awards.

The other finalists for the 2007 regional child-friendly search include the towns of Inabanga, Loon, Tubigon in Bohol and Sibulan in Negros Oriental for the 1st and 3rd class municipality category.

For the 4th class municipality category, the towns of Catigbian, Batuan and Calape Bohol complete the list while Dauin in Negros Oriental is the finalist for the 6th class municipality category.

The RSCWC-7 further said that while Cebu City and Dumaguete City are regional finalists in their categories, this doesn't mean they are already the winners.

Romo explained that for Cebu City to win in its category it has to earn 90 points while for the component/independent city category and in the 1st and 3rd class municipality category, a finalist has to earn 85 points to win.

As for the 4th and 6th class municipality category a finalist has to earn 80 points to be declared as winner.

Each regional LU winner is given a cash prize of P50,000, a child-friendly seal, a trophy and a plaque of recognition.

In the 2006 Search for Child-Friendly Municipalities & Cities, Cebu City was declared the regional winner for the highly urbanized city category. The City received P50,000 prize, a trophy and the CF seal.

Under the search guidelines, the cash prize shall be used for capability building for service providers; repair/upgrade infrastructure such as health centers, day care centers, reading centers and rehab centers for street children and children in contact with the law; purchase of equipment and supplies for the innovative projects approved by the CWC.

The RSCWC-7 regional search committee decides on the winners based on the LGU's policy, budget, programs, services and community support that address issues and concerns of children in their areas of jurisdiction. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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