In support of the Child-Friendly Movement (CFM) and to provide opportunities for Filipino children to enjoy their rights, the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children (PCWC) holds a provincial search for the “Child-Friendly Municipality 2015”.
The search is recognition of the vital role of the local government units (LGUs) in promoting and protecting children’s right to survival, development, protection, and participation.
Ten evaluators from the different government agencies and departments of the Cebu Provincial Capitol conducted an evaluation starting April 15 in the northern part of Cebu.
These offices include Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, Cebu Provincial Police Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Health, Provincial Treasurer, and Provincial Information Office. Nineteen municipalities and three cities have already been evaluated, including Sta. Fe, Bantayan, Madridejos, San Remegio, Bogo, Daanbantayan, Medellin, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, San Francisco, Pilar, Poro, Tudela, Carmen, Danao, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion and Mandaue
After evaluating the 22 out of 44 municipalities and seven component cities in the province, some towns have passed the criteria for the said search.
In the municipality level, the criteria for the evaluation include:
- planning and policy formation backed by a Local Development Plan for Children,
- Local Investment Plan for Children (LIPC),
- resource utilization for the children,
- additional funds for children generated/sourced out from external sources,
- health center certified as Sentrong Sigla,
- fully immunized children,
- presence of a solid waste management plan,
- a pre-school, elementary, and high school,
- alternative education of out-of-school youth,
- reported cases are addressed immediately,
- Children in conflict with the law are handled appropriately,
- Functional committees that meet at least once a month and complete with work and financial plan and accomplishment report,
- Child participation through the presence of organized other youth/children’s organization (other than SK) recognized by the LGU, and
- any recognized or accredited people’s organization, non-government organization, civic group, association of professionals and related associations that are actively involved in children’s welfare.
On the other hand, the criteria for the barangay level include a functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, children’s organization, justice system, health and nutrition system, Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Center, child-friendly schools, and community-managed knowledge dissemination and exchange system addressing issues concerning children.
The evaluation will end on the last week of August 2015. After the evaluation, the highest score will compete in the regional search. Regional search winner will automatically be part of the national search.
Meanwhile, one out the 97 barangays that had been evaluated as child-friendly barangay , Barangay Esperanza of Poro,Camotes Island, stands out with their documents updated and the cooperation of the constituents and barangay officials active.
Residents are hoping that their barangay and their municipality will win in this year’s search.
The conduct of the search for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities every year is in pursuance of Executive Order 184 series of 1999 , “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child Friendly Municipalities.”