The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) of the DSWD recently recognized the efforts of local government units in creating child-friendly environments through the 2014 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

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Established through Executive Order No. 195 in 1999, the award aims to encourage more LGUs to initiate programs and projects promoting children's rights to survival, development, protection, and participation. It also seeks to ensure child-friendly governance across the country.

Child-friendly governance is reflected through LGU poligies, programs, and interventions implemented to address various child-related issues and problems.

These issues include infant and maternal deaths, teenage pregnancy awareness, school dropouts, and many forms of child abuse, among others.

Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) are given to cities and municipalities which are working extensively towards achieving a safe environment for children.

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The Council for the Welfare of Children launched last October 8, 2014 the "Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the Children". It is the advocacy and programming framework adopted by the CWC in response to both national (Child 21 and 2nd National Plan of Action for Children) and international commitments. It is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and it requires the involvement of different stakeholders at various levels.

Child Friendly Seal The Child-Friendly Philippines framework promotes child-friendly local governance wherein local government units (LGUs) give priority to children in their planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services and is able to assure that all children enjoy their rights classified as survival, development, protection and participation. One of the strategies developed to achieve a Child-Friendly Philippines is the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) which is a recognition system for LGUs that deliver positive results for children's well being.

The Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance is complemented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum Circular (DILG MC) 2014-80 issued on July 7, 2014 endorsing the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) to all Provincial Governors, City and Municipal Mayors, the ARMM Regional Governor, DILG Regional Directors, and other concerned parties. Likewise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd) issued Administrative Order No. 03 s. of 2014 and Memorandum No. 97 s. of 2014, respectively, for the designation of representatives to the Child Friendly Local Governance Audit Team otherwise called the Interagency Monitoring Task Force (IMTF).

LGUs that will pass the CFLGA will be conferred the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance by the CWC. The LGUs shall be audited based on the following twelve (12) criteria:

  1. Percentage reduction in the deaths among children below five years old or under-five mortality rate.
  2. Percentage reduction in the number of children under-six with below normal weight.
  3. Percentage increase in the number of 3-4- year-old children attending center-based day care services.
  4. Completion rate for elementary schooling.
  5. Absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases.
  6. Percentage reduction in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation (all forms, including physical violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, and trafficking in persons).
  7. Safety measures for children in the community and schools.
  8. Extent of mainstreaming of children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation in the core development agenda of LGUs (this includes LCPC functionality and child participation).
  9. An ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks.
  10. 2013 Philhealth accreditation in its main health facility or rural health unit for the Maternal Care Services and Primary Care.
  11. A Local School Board (LSB) Plan for CY 2013 that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan (SIP).
  12. Completed at least 70% of its LSB Plan for 2013.

Conferees of the SCFLG are shortlisted and validated for the Presidential Award for Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities.