The Makati City government on Friday named this year’s Five Most Child-Friendly Barangays in the city.
Mayor Abigail Binay congratulated and urged officials and leaders of the five winning barangays—Poblacion, Guadalupe Viejo, Carmona, Southside, and San Lorenzo—to continue their initiatives in promoting the holistic growth and development of young residents.
At the awarding ceremony held at City Hall, Mayor Binay handed a P200,000 check to each of the winners.
“Congratulations to the winning barangays. We thank you for your laudable efforts to ensure that your communities are highly responsive to the needs of children, and to provide them an ideal environment enabling them to fully realize their potential,” said Binay, who also chairs the Makati City Council for the Protection of Children.
She also called on the other barangays of the city to come up with innovative ways to help their young constituents develop into “well-educated, responsible and productive members of society.”
Aside from cash, the winners also received plaques of recognition and “Certified Child-Friendly Barangay” metal seals for their respective barangay halls.
Meanwhile, the barangays hailed as 1st and 2nd runner-up in each category were also given plaques of recognition. Named 1st runner-up were West Rembo, Pembo, South Cembo, Kasilawan and Dasmariñas. On the other hand, Pitogo, San Isidro, Sta. Cruz, Pinagkaisahan, and Bel-Air placed 2nd runner-up in their respective categories.
Makati Social Welfare Department chief Ryan Barcelo said the 33 barangays in the city have been grouped into five categories (A to E) based on their similarity of potentials and capabilities in order to level the playing field. They were assessed by a selection committee using the tools designed for each category.
In addition, items evaluated during the on-site assessment included the barangay’s Situationer on Children, Threats to and Issues of Children; enacted Resolutions and Category A is composed of barangays with both elementary and high schools. They are Bangkal, Cembo, Comembo, East Rembo, Pio del Pilar, Pitogo, Poblacion, San Antonio and West Rembo. In Category B are barangays with income of P26 million and above, with either elementary school or high school: Guadalupe Nuevo, Guadalupe Viejo, Olympia, Palanan, Pembo and San Isidro.
On the other hand, barangays with income of P25 million and below and with elementary school but without high school fall under Category C, namely, Carmona, La Paz, Singkamas, South Cembo, Sta. Cruz and Rizal. While barangays without elementary and high schools make up Category D: Kasilawan, Pinagkaisahan, Post Proper Northside, Post Proper Southside, Tejeros and Valenzuela.
Category E consists of the six villages in the city, namely, Barangays Bel-Air, Dasmariñas, Forbes Park, Magallanes, San Lorenzo, and Urdaneta.
In line with the National Children’s Month celebration every November, the annual search for the “Most Child-Friendly Barangay of Makati” is being held to promote the right of every child to survival, development, protection and participation at the barangay level.
Aside from the search, the city will also hold its annual Children’s Assembly highlighted by the Mayor’s State of the Children Address on November 25 at the Makati Coliseum. It will also participate, through MCCPC, in the “9th Ako Para sa Bata International Conference” focused on “The Science and Art of Parenting Children Today” at the SMX Convention Center on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.