ILOILO CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA6) - - The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) in Western Visayas on Wednesday recognized the outstanding performance of local government units in the region in the implementation of child-friendly programs and services in year 2018.
Leading the awardees this year are Iloilo City and the municipality of Sapian, Capiz, who were hailed as national finalists for the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) under the highly-urbanized city and 4th to 6th class income municipality categories, respectively.
As finalists, they will compete with other local government units in the country for the coveted PACFMC which President Rodrigo Duterte will personally award to the winners at Malacanang Palace.
Both LGUs garnered the highest scores in their respective categories in the 2018 Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) conducted by the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force and qualified for the PACFMC. They were evaluated by the National Awards Committee last July.
Also cited during the event were the top five outstanding LGUs in each of the six provinces in the region as indicated in the result of the 2018 CFLGA.
For Aklan province, the top five performing LGUs are: Malinao, first place with 94 % rating; Banga and Ibajay, second place with 92 % rating; Buruanga and New Washington, third place with 88 percent rating; Madalag, Makato and Tangalan, fourth place with 86 % rating; and Batan and Malay, fifth place with 85 % rating.
The top five LGUs for Antique are: Barbaza, first place with 93 % rating; Libertad, second place with 92 % rating; San Jose and Sibalom, third place with 90 % rating; Anini-y with 88 % rating; and Culasi and Pandan with 87 % rating.
For Capiz, ranked first was Sapian town with 98 % rating; second was Dumarao with 93 %; third was Sigma and Tapaz with 88 %; fourth was Roxas City with 86 %; and fifth was Cuartero with 85 % rating.
The municipality of Buenavista with 95 % rating garnered first place in the province of Guimaras, followed by Sibunag with 90 % rating and third, San Lorenzo with 83 % rating.
For Iloilo, Anilao and Barotac Nuevo towns took first place with 93 % rating; Banate, Cabatuan and City of Passi, second place with 92 % rating; San Rafael, third place with 91 %; Iloilo City, Ajuy, Bingawan, and Mina, fourth with 90 %; and Guimbal, Lemery, Leon, Miag-ao and Sta. Barbara, fifth place with 89%.
With a rating of 98%, the municipality of Hinoba-an captured the top spot for the province of Negros Occidental while the cities of Silay, Victorias and Himamaylan were declared second with 93%. Third place went to Bago City and San Enrique with 91 %; fourth place was Candoni with 90 %; and fifth was Pulupundan with 89 %.
Local chief executives and representatives of LGU awardees received their plaque of recognition from members of RSCWC 6 led by Regional Director Engr. Ariel Iglesia of the Department of the Interior and Local Government 6 and Director III Evangeline Felecio of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 during the Regional Awarding and Conferment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance held at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
Aside from the plaque of recognition, LGU awardees also took home their Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance.
A total of 129 LGUs in the region were conferred with the seal after they passed the 2018 CFLGA.
In her message, Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Seville congratulated local chief executives and members of the Local Council for the Protection of Children who were conferred with the seal and encouraged them to continue their pursuit for a child-friendly governance and inspire other LGUs.
"But more than the awards, and the incentives, we cherish the honor of being able to lead a municipality/city that has keen regard for children. We are happy about having made sure our children are safe within the bounds of our localities," said Seville who keynoted the event that kicked off the National Children's Month celebration in this region.
A former member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo, Seville enacted the Code of Parental Responsibility that strengthened parental responsibility over children where parents will be penalized for the offenses committed by their children. (JBG/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)