NINETY days after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) commenced a thorough assessment of the compliance on the government’s child-friendly programs, 10 of Rizal’s 14 localities were able to hurdle the final list of passers.
On the elite list of this year’s Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) passers are Antipolo City, the towns of Cardona, Angono, Baras, Pililla, Morong, Binangonan, Teresa, Tanay and Jalajala.
Conspicuously missing on the list are the towns of Taytay, San Mateo, Montalban and Cainta.
“Thank you, Lord! Achievement na naman para sa Lalawigan ng Rizal,” said Rizal Gov. Nina Ynares in a statement posted on Facebook.
"Through the CFLGA, we are ensuring that Rizal LGUs will help build a protective society where children can enjoy their rights by including them in their plans, budget, policies, and services,” the governor added.
Started in 2014, CFLGA is an annual assessment of the performance of cities and municipalities in implementing child-friendly policies, programs, projects, and services.
LGUs are assessed based on a set of criteria, including child-friendly facilities in the barangay; budget allocated and utilized for children’s programs; functional local councils for the protection of children (LCPC) with child representation; and children’s participation in the development of programs, projects and activities.
Also being checked are the percentage of fully immunized children; percentage of pregnant adolescents provided with prenatal and postpartum services; percentage of children aged 3-4 provided with early childhood care and development services; percentage of out-of-school children and youth assisted for schooling; and LGU’s management of cases of children in need of special protection.
“We check and review all of these things to ensure that LGUs are really prioritizing the needs and welfare of our children,” Ynares further averred.
To pass the audit, LGUs must obtain an overall passing rate of 80 percent with a minimum required score of 12 each for the Survival, Development, Protection, and Participation categories and 32 points for the Governance category.
All 10 Rizal CFLGA passers were granted the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) Board.
“Congratulations muli sa ating mga passers! Tuloy-tuloy lang po tayo para sa ating pag-asenso.”
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