Talibon Bags Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipality
Early afternoon of September 26, 2016, LGU-Talibon, represented by Mayor Restituto B. Auxtero, received a “Plaque of Recognition” from Judy M. Taguiwalo, Chairperson, Council for the Welfare of Children and Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development in simple rites held at Malacañang Palace, Manila, Philippines. MLGOO Maura M. Justol , MSWO Zosima Gabisan and MNO Lilia I. Auza looked on.
LGU-Talibon ended as a finalist under the 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category together with Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat of Region XII, Roxas, Isabela of Region II. In this category, Buenavista, Guimaras of Region VI won. Come to think of it, only LGU-Talibon, in the whole of Region VII, passed the stringent measures during screening and validation made by the Council for the Welfare of Children. It is an accomplishment in itself!
The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) was initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) as per Executive Order No. 184 Series of 1999 bearing the title of “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities”; the award is a mechanism to gauge the level of child-friendliness of a particular city or municipality and at the same time gives recognition to LGUs that put in place a child-friendly and child-sensitive environment and upholds the rights of Filipino children to survival, development, protection and participation.
Aside from the 1st to 3rd Class Municipality Category, there are four other categories set by CWC, namely: 4th to 6th Class Municipality, Component City, Independent Component City, and Highly Urbanized City.
To bag the award, LGU-Talibon did the following:
1) It instituted major local policy and program interventions for children such as the reorganization /creation of the Local committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence against Women and their Children (LCAT-VAWC) through EO 13-12.
2) In relation to the exercise of civil rights and freedoms, it conducted birth registration with a total of 2,124 registered at birth (male-1104; female-1020) thru its Local Civil Registry Office.
3) In coordination with the DSWD, Talibon extended financial assistance to 3,301 poor households in the municipality under the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program).
4) Also made it possible for 2,251 families to be beneficiaries of PhilHealth Socialized Insurance Program.
5) Established 46 Day Care Centers which are duly accredited by the DSWD and the Day Care Workers are made to attend seminars and trainings based on ECCD checklist and orientation on the Parent Effectiveness Manual.
6) The town celebrates the National Children’s Congress every year.
7) Established birthing clinics in all of its 25 barangays which are manned by midwives. All birthing clinics are equipped with birthing paraphernalia and equipment.
8) Regularly conducts Pabasa sa Nutrisyon to educate parents on health and nutrition.
9) Under Bottom-Up Budgeting, completed projects supportive to child development includes:
a) the Community Based Training & Processing Center with Equipment;
b) construction of water & sanitation facilities at Elementary and High Schools;
c) repair/rehab of Elementary classrooms (San Agustin, Talibon Central I, Garcia Park, Sto. Niño, San Isidro, Talibon II Central, Bagacay, Busalian and Cataban); d) improvement of Day Care Centers at Purok Bunso, San Agustin, Sitio Moto, San Jose and Purok 6, Sto. Niño.
Believing that the Youth is the HOPE of our Nation, LGU Talibon seeks that the rights of children must be upheld always and should be supported by the cohesive efforts of all stakeholders, namely: the family, communities, non-government and private organizations and the government alike. This is one way wherein the future of the town is assured. (ellenmarieobuno)