General Trias, Cavite—This city’s local government joined its fellow LGUs in Cavite in receiving the 2017 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance during the Regional Awarding Ceremony at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.
The seven cities and 16 towns of Cavite all received the Child Friendly Local Governance award for the Calabarzon Region, held as part of the annual Niyogyugan Festival of host Quezon Province.
They received plaques of recognition from the Council for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as partners.
The award is based on the results of the mandatory Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit conducted annually and covering all cities and municipalities in the country.
GenTri and Noveleta were among Cavite’s LGUs that completely passed the mandatory Child-Friendly Local Government Audit as announced by the DILG last January.
City Social Welfare head Bengky Generoso and City Health Officer Dr. Jonathan Luseco, received the plaque for Gen. Trias.
Gloria Fernandez, Municipal Administrator and Jinky Sidocon, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Head, received the plaque for Noveleta.
“I would like to congratulate our staff in the local government of Noveleta for achieving the Child Friendly Good Governance award for the third straight year,” Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua said.
“This would not be possible without our cooperation to make our programs for children better,” Chua added.
The Cavite LGUs passed the criteria for the selection of child friendly local governance, namely: percentage reduction in deaths among under five years old children; percentage reduction in stunting and wasting of children 0 to 72 months; percentage increase in the number of 3 to 4 year old children attending center-based day care services; and completion rate for elementary schooling in 2017 in public and private schools.
Other criteria included absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases; Percentage reduction in the number of children victim of violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation and trafficking in persons; Safety measures for children in the community and schools;
Extent of mainstreaming of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation in the care development agenda of the LGU; Presence of ordinance establishing barangay violence against women and their children; 2017 PhilHealth accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit and with local school board plan for CY 2017 that is aligned with the school improvement plan.