Tacloban named Nat’l Finalist in Presidential Child-Friendly Award
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO)–In recognition of its child-friendly program and initiatives, this Highly Urbanized City was named National Finalist for the 2016 Presidential Seal for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities last Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez received the Plaque of Recognition from President Rodrigo R. Duterte, along with officials of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWSDO) at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang Palace.
Tacloban was among four Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) around the country shortlisted for the recognition which gauges the level of child-friendliness of a particular city or municipality and at the same time gives recognition to LGUs that puts a premium on child-friendly Governance.
Among the noteworthy programs of the City benefiting Children is the Supplementary Feeding Program which benefits 4,260 Day Care Pupils in 71 Day Care Centers in the City. It is being implemented for 120 days, by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and is considered to be instrumental in the drop of Malnutrition Prevalence in the City.
The City Government also maintains a Center for Abused Women and Children– the only facility of its kind in Region 8 managed by an LGU, which offers psychosocial support and a temporary sanctuary for neglected and maltreated children and abused women.
All 138 Barangays of Tacloban have Child-Friendly Desks in their Barangay Halls to serve the needs of the children of their residents. The City Health Office through its Barangay Health Centers focus on problems of children specially the health related and provide services to parents whose children need medical attention. –Henry James Roca