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Bukidnon LGUs are NorMin's most child-friendly

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (18 December) -- At least three (3) local government units in Bukidnon have been cited in the Presidential Awards for Child-Friendly Cities/Municipalities in Northern Mindanao, this year.

Evaluated by the Regional Awards Committee (RAC) during a Search for the Most Child-Friendly City/Municipality (SMCFCM), these LGU's have been given plaques of recognition and corresponding cash prizes in appropriate ceremonies held in the city, recently.

All located in Bukidnon, these LGU's are Pangantukan for the 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category, Malitbog, 4th-6th Class Municipality Category and Malaybalay City, Component City Category.

The other nominees of the search are the LGU's of Maramag, Libona, Cabanglasan, Kadingilan in Bukidnon, Tagoloan and Lugait in Misamis Oriental, Mahinog in Camiguin and Baliangao and Lopez Jaena in Misamis Occidental.

It was the first time for Pangantukan to win the award and the second year, consecutively, in their respective categories for Malitbog and Malaybalay City.

"This only lives up to the pride of Bukidnon as the Most Child-Friendly Province in the region, although there is no such category in the Search," Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Chairperson of Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RCWC), region 10, said.

An annual activity conducted by RCWC following the national CWC guidelines, the PACFCM is aimed at institutionalizing the child-friendly environment and governance in promoting and protecting children's welfare and their rights to survival, development, participation and protection.

The award gives recognition to cities and municipalities that have been considered child-friendly and continuously encourage them to prioritize the interests and concerns and monitor programs that address them, as well as, increase awareness of their rights.

Likewise, it recognizes the LGU's support to the Child-Friendly Movement which seeks to mainstream the Convention on the Rights of the Child and make them sensitive to the children's needs.

Meanwhile, Solamillo said among the requirements of the search is that LGU's should develop the children to become competitive and that it should have a Local Development and Investment Plans for Children, local ordinances that promote and protect children's rights and an updated databank on children, among others. (PIA 10) [top]

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