48 Negros LGUs receive DILG child-friendly seal



on Friday, July 7, 2017

Forty-eight of the 57 local government units in the Negros Island Region yesterday received the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, in ceremonies held in Dumaguete City.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Interior and Local Government spearheaded the awarding at a local hotel, attended by local chief executives and other LGU representatives, among others.

The 20 LGU-awardees for Negros Oriental are Ayungon, Bacong, Bais City, Basay, Bayawan City, Bindoy, Canlaon City, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Guihulngan City, La Libertad, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Pamplona, San Jose, Sta. Catalina, Sibulan, Tanjay City, Valencia, and Zamboanguita.

For Negros Occidental, 28 LGUs received the award, namely, Bacolod City, Bago City, Binalbagan, Calatrava, Candoni, City of Victorias, EB Magalona, Escalante City, Himamaylan City, Hinigaran, Hinoba-an, Ilog, Isabela, Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, La Castellana, Manapla, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Sagay City, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos City, San Enrique, Silay City, Sipalay City, Talisay City, and Toboso.

Shalaine Marie Lucero, DSWD NIR regional director, said these are the awardees for year 2016 and will be competing again in the next round to determine who will represent the region in the national competition.

“This is an award given to the local government units that are giving support to children in the areas of planning, budgeting, legislation and services,” she said.

Lucero said there are 12 criteria for the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance.

Out of the 48 awardees, 10 will be sent to Manila to vie for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly municipalities and cities, Lucero added.

Although the Seal does not have a financial incentive for the LGUs, it will promote the advocacy of a local government unit that is advocating for the protection and the welfare of children, Lucero said.

“We all know that the children are the future of this land”, she said.

The Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance is one of the many requirements for another award, the Seal of Local Good Governance, Lucero said.*