The National Award Committee (NAC) for Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities, together with the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG)-BARMM, conducted the assessment of the two candidate municipalities, namely, Datu Saudi Ampatuan (DSA) municipality of Maguindanao province and Jolo municipality of Sulu province, as national awardees with nomination to presidential awardee for the year 2019. The award will be given by none other than the President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself.
The activity in Municipality of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, province of Maguindanao, was held on July 16-19, 2019 at the municipal conference room and meeting rooms of Barangay Elian and Barangay Salbo. Present during the event were Luzminda Halud, LGOO V/ CFLGA RFP, Marlene Pasil, LGOO V/ GAD RFP, Abedin Anshari, LGOO II, Asnaida de Guzman, CWC, DSA MLGOO, Local Chief Executive (LCE), Local Government Unit (LGU) officers and staff. The NAC members present were Mae Jenym Bautista, DSWD, PLT COL Herlyn Lazaro, PNP, and Mac Joven, CWC.
The event in Municipality of Jolo, province of Sulu, was held on July 22-25, 2019, together with its two model barangays, such as, Barangay Bus-Bus and Barangay Asturias. Present were Luzminda Halud, LGOO V/ CFLGA RFP, Kadiguia Daud, LGOO V/Barangay Affairs RFP, Majaramir Sumail, LGOO II/CapDev RFP, Abedin Anshari, LGOO II/BIS RFP, Asnaida de Guzman, CWC, Jolo MLGOO, First Lady of LCE, LGU officers and staff. The NAC members present were Emmanuel Mapili, CWC, Cheryl Mainar, DSWD, CAPT Maimona Macasasa, PNP, and Mark Reblora, NNC.
Child-Friendly Local Government Audit is a mandatory audit system for measuring local governance performance in the delivery of services that would generate positive results for children.
It has its primary goal of assessing the performance of the LGU in implementing child-friendly policies, programs, projects, and services.
The LGU is considered child-friendly when it gives priority to children in planning, budgeting, legislation and is able to assure that all children’s needs are addressed and their rights to survival, development, protection and participation are upheld.
One of the country’s target is to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. However, child participation remains at the basic level (tokenism) in most of the LGUs –involved only as program attendees or beneficiaries and representation in the local special body/ies is in name/paper only. Having a separate indicator for participation should underscore the need for genuine child participation and at the same time, complement efforts of government to promote the same.
LGUs has the primary role of defending children’s right to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development. LGUs serve as the frontline service providers and should therefore ensure that the necessary policies, programs, mechanisms, budget, and facilities are in place so that children may live in a safe and protected environment.