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PCWC set to award LGUs for child-friendly practices

| by: Fides Palicte

The Provincial Council for Women and Children (PCWC) is meting out results for child-friendly practices among visited LGUs after evaluation rites was concluded last Tuesday.

The council recently closed the weekly evaluation activities in Balamban town, the last among the localities visited by the evaluation team.

The team was composed of representatives from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), and Provincial Treasurers Office (PTO).

Thelma Arañas, member-evaluator from PPDO, revealed that they are currently consolidating the ratings report from LGUs in preparation for the awarding ceremonies this November.

Scoresheets were employed as the team conducted interviews with residents as to how their local government promotes the children’s welfare, she said.

PCWC Chairman Governor Hilario P. Davide III and DILG will present the annual award next month.

To be eligible for the award, local programs must follow the criteria set by the DILG.

In the search for child-friendly barangays, the evaluation team looks into child participation in the local council sessions and presence of reading centers or mini public library, including the existence of vegetable gardens.

Programs for solid waste management, disaster risk management, youth, and monitoring of possible cybersex cases were also among the criteria observed by the team.

The team also looks into community programs that promote the welfare of children in conflict with the law (CICL).

In the search for child-friendly LGU, the standards includes child representation in policy-making decisions in the municipal council, budget for youth activities, and programs intended for CICL.

The presence of public playground for children and municipal council for the protection of children were also incorporated in the criteria.

According to DILG audit last year, 75.96% of the cities and municipalities in the country were eligible for the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG).

The search for Child-Friendly LGUs is an annual activity of the Cebu Provincial Government in line with the Philippine’s commitment as signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). (Fides Palicte)