It is a three-peat. For three years straight, Tagbilaran City still holds the distinction of being child-friendly.
The Commission for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) conferred Tagbilaran City with the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Award (CFGLA) recently.
This seal means that the City Government was able to comply with the 12 assessment criteria laid down by the department.
Twelve criteria which assessed whether the local government unit installed social services geared to promote children’s welfare. Further, the audit system measured the LGU programs in generating positive results for children. DILG regional directors are tasked organize and mobilize audit teams at all levels to coordinate with the LGUs in the conduct of the CFLGA and appealed to LGUs led by provincial governors, city and municipal mayors for their support. The national government’s efforts in tandem with the LGUs are geared towards addressing the four broad categories of a child’s right to survival, development, protection, and participation.
LGUs were assessed based on 12 assessment criteria. These were: percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five years old; percentage reduction in the number of children under six with below normal weights; percentage increase in the number of 3-4- year-old children attending center-based day care services; completion rate for elementary schooling; absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases; percentage reduction in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation (all forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse, and 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 core development agenda of LGUs; an ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAW/C) Desks; PhilHealth accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for Maternal Care Services and Primary Care; a Local School Board (LSB) Plan which is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and completed at least 70 percent of its LSB Plan. The assessment criteria were used as benchmarks. It should also follow that the results and performance of the LGUs should be consistent to national standards, averages or targets.
With this latest award conferred to the Local Government Unit of Tagbilaran City, Mayor John Geesnell Yap is most thankful for the all-out support, trust and confidence of all the City Hall officials, management and staff, as well as all the sectors and constituents of Tagbilaran.