North Cotabato awarded ‘child-friendly’ seal

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THE Province of Cotabato was recently awarded the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance after it passed the child-friendly audit for 2015.

The province received a 100 percent rating along with the province of South Cotabato and the cities of General Santos and Cotabato.

The seal was conferred by the Council Board of the Council for the Welfare of Children.

Department of the Interior and Local Governmet Regional Director Reynaldo M. Bungubung noted the effective promotions of the province of a child’s rights to life, survival, protection and development.

“The conferment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance to deserving LGUs proves that they have delivered services that promote the welfare of children, which can be seen in the child-sensitive policies or actions made by them,” said Bungubung.

Ali B. Abdullah, DILG Cotabato Provincial Director, also noted the support of Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza to the implementation of child-friendly programs and measures that promote children’s welfare, including the Child and Youth Welfare Development Code and Gender and Development Code (GAD) of Cotabato — all under the advocacy of “Serbisyong Totoo”.

Mendoza has been aggressively tapping the contribution of children and the youth in her peacebuilding campaigns.

For the past six years, thousands of children gather for the Summer Kids Peace Camp yearly. The camp allows the children to interact with others while they are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and other potentials.

“We have gone a long way in as far as giving the children of the province the kind of environment that they need, where their rights are protected and their potentials promoted,” said Gov. Mendoza.

She urged the local government units to continue partnering with the provincial government in upholding the welfare of the children and further institute changes or reforms that will uplift the living conditions of children especially the poor and marginalized.

“We must go on with our efforts in addressing the basic needs of our children and uphold their rights to survive, develop, protection and participation in the community,” the governor said.

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