BAGUIO CITY – The city government here is set to be evaluated and validated by the National Award Committee (NAC) of the Presidential Award for child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities first week of February.
According to the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the city government of Baguio is qualified and included in the shortlist for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities considering the city, being a conferee with the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) and for being the Regional Awardee for the SCFLG.
The NAC will conduct field visitation to the city’s model barangay as well as other barangays that will be randomly selected by the NAC. Subsequently, the result of the validation will be submitted to the Council Board for confirmation as National Awardee for 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.
Table validation of documents as well as focus group discussions with key city officials will be conducted on the said dates.
The team will screen the availability of Local Development Plan and Local Investment Plan for Children; availability of updated data on children, situational analysis on children and local code for children/ordinances of resolutions for children passed and implemented for the last three years.
The city will be assessed based on the city’s health, education and social protection services for the children. Also, the presence and existence of institution building as well as the children and community participation in the city’s programs and services for the children will have a big effect in the evaluation.
This year, Baguio City is competing with Bacolod, Mandaluyong and Davao cities.
In 2013 and 2014, Davao City was named Most Child-Friendly City in the Philippines under the highly urbanized city category.
In preparation of the upcoming validation, mayor Mauricio Domogan directed the concerned departments to make available all documents needed by the NAC./Jho Arranz