Dagupan is national finalist anew



Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (3rd from right) stands beside President Duterte after receiving the Plaque of Recognition for Dagupan City as a finalist for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities under the Independent Component City category at the Rizal Hall at Malacanang Palace. Shown with her are officials behind the search and some of the finalists. (Photo courtesy of RTVM)

THE Dagupan City government was again named a finalist in the search for the most child-friendly city under the Independent Component City category.

The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities gauges the level of a Local Government Unit (LGU) as child-friendly through programs and projects that promote and uphold the rights for survival, development, protection and participation in local governance of every Filipino child in the community.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez received the finalist award from President Rodrigo Duterte during the awarding ceremony at Rizal Hall in Malacañang last September 26. The mayor was accompanied by City Social Welfare and Development Officer Leah L. Aquino, Dagupan City Police Station Chief of Police Superintendent Neil O. Miro and Dr. Windy Bernardo of the City Health Office.

It’s the second inclusion of Dagupan in the list of top four LGUs in the finals along with Cotabato City, Ormoc City and Santiago City. Dagupan was finalist in 2015 for the first time.

The annual evaluation and selection is done by the Council for the Welfare of Children of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Among the criteria are: child participation in all stages of planning and implementation; child-friendly legislation; a child rights strategy; a coordinating mechanism or agency for children; assessment of policy and program impact on children; a budget and resources for children; a regular report on the state of children in the city; awareness-raising and capacity building on child rights; and independent advocacy for children. (JCB_ CIO)

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