DAVAO. Assistant Administrator Lawrence Bantiding (2nd from left) and Davao City Social Services and Development Office Head Maria Luisa Bermudo (2nd from right) pose as the city bags the Most Child-Friendly City award for the fifth time during the awarding ceremony in Malacañan on September 26. (Robinson Niñal Jr./Presidential Photographer’s Division)
DAVAO City once again wins the plum for the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) for Highly Urbanized City Category for the fifth time.The award was received by lawyer Lawrence Bantiding, assistant city administrator for operations and Malu Bermudo, chief of the Davao City Social Services and Development Office.Davao City won the same award in 1998, 1999, 2013, and 2014.
Bermudo said the city is now a Hall of fame awardee for winning the same award in 1998, 1999, 2013 and 2014.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the award was a proof that the programs and projects intended for the protection of the rights and welfare of the children of the city are yielding positive results.
"Congratulations to the people of Davao and the officials of the City Government who made Davao City a safe and enjoyable place for children to live. Let us keep responding to the pressing needs of our children to be educated, fed, clothed, and provided with a safe home," Duterte-Carpio said.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo led the awarding along with the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) 10868, otherwise known as the Centenarian Act of 2016.
Taguiwalo emphasized the importance of the two events as a milestone in the individual and collective efforts of many different individuals, families, agencies and organizations who work to protect the welfare of the members of two of the most vulnerable sectors in Philippine society.
The PACFMC, Taguiwalo said, is the government’s effort to recognize the collective efforts of people in the local government units (LGUs) who selflessly and tirelessly work to promote children’s rights.
“Their individual and organizational contributions, big or small, form part of these initiatives and achievements to make our country a better place for our children. The awardees and finalists of the PACFMC all have done their best to provide Filipino children with quality and effective programs and services. We want their efforts to be sustained and replicated not just for our children’s welfare, but for those also of other marginalized and vulnerable groups and families that need our support and service,” Taguiwalo said.
She also thanked the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) for taking the lead in giving recognition to child-friendly LGUs and providing them with technical support and assistance, and the LGUs for their efforts to improve the quality of services and initiatives for children’s welfare and development.
The four other National Awardees of the Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities are 1st to 3rd Class Municipality Category - Buenavista, Guimaras - delegation to be led by Mayor Eugenio Reyes, 4th to 6th Class Municipality Category - Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte - delegation to be led by Mayor Lairvee Garvida, Component City Category - Ilagan City - delegation to be led by Mayor Evelyn Diaz and Independent Component City Category - Santiago City - delegation to be led by Mayor Engr. Joseph Tan.