November 23, 2018 –PRO-COR, Camp Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet, our beloved Municipality received the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance conferred by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the Department of Interior and the Local Government (DILG). The receipt of said award was made possible through the concerted effort of the members of the Municipal Council for the Protection of Children (MCPC) as re-organized by Executive Order No. 54, Series of 2016, under the leadership of our Municipal Mayor, Atty. Mariano B. Buyagawan, Jr. also received during the same occasion was the certificate of recognition for the Municipality for having completed the requirements on the development of a Comprehensive Local Juvenile Intervention Program (CLJIP) as provided for in Republic Act 10630, awarded by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council.

The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) launched on October 8, 2014 a program themed, “Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by and with the Children”. The advocacy aims to promote child-friendly local governance meaning Local Government Units (LGUs) are expected to prioritize children in their planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of basic services. The CWC has formulated and developed the Seal of Child-friendly Local Governance (SCFLG), a strategy aimed to achieve a Child-Friendly Philippines and also a recognition system for LGUs who comply and deliver positive results for children’s well being. To implement the guidelines set forth by the SCFLG, the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) was endorsed to all Provincial Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, by virtue of DILG Memorandum Circular 2014-80.

For an LGU to be conferred the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance by the CWC, said LGU shall be audited based on the following twelve (12) criteria:

  1. Percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five years old or under-five mortality rate.
  2. Percentage reduction in the number of children under-six with below normal weight.
  3. Percentage increase in the number of 3-4 year-old children attending center-based day care services
  4. Completion rate for elementary schooling
  5. Absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases
  6. 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).
  7. Safety measures for children in the community and schools.
  8. Extent of mainstream of children’s right to survival, development, protection, and participation in the core development agenda of LGUs (this includes LCPC functionality and child participation)
  9. An ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks.
  10. 2013 Philhealth accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for the Maternal Care Services and Primary Care.
  11. A Local Board (LSB) Plan for the Current Year that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
  12. Completed at least 70% of its LSB Plan for the Current Year.

Aside from this, the CWC has also formulated an evaluation tool to be utilized during actual visitations, the break down of items to be checked and verified are as follows;

  1. Day Care Services
  2. Honorarium of DCW
  3. Day Care Worker Qualifications
  4. Home-Based (Presence of ECCD Programs)
  5. Physical Facilities
  6. Availability and Utilization of Program Materials
  7. Availability and Utilization of Records/References of Day Care Services
  8. Barangay Council for the Protection of Children
  9. Detailed information starting from the Organizational Structure with defined functions, sponsored resolutions/ordinances in support of children, minutes of regular meetings, records of all official activities and year in review plus issuances in the last four (4) years.
  10. Barangay Health and Nutrition Services
  11. Physical Set-up/Infrastructure
  12. Equipment
  13. Supplies and Program Materials
  14. Interventions and Activities for Children, Records and Reports
  15. Manpower Complement
  16. Elementary or High School
  17. Barangay Information and Reading Center
  18. Playground
  19. Community Support and Resource Mobilization, and,
  20. Child Participation

Having passed all the above-stated criteria and having conformed with the requirements stated in the evaluation tool during the actual barangays visitations, it is just but fair to commend the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer and staff for doing an exemplary job, the stakeholders, and the active participation of the community. May all of us be guided by the CWC’s vision of a Child-Friendly Philippines, not only for the purpose of conformity to guidelines, but also to wholeheartedly embrace the advocacy, and to practice the same in our everyday lives.