ARDA Borres (left) with RD Ramos (right end) awards the Most Child-Friendly Municipality to Sapang Dalaga Misamis Occidental (Photo courtesy of Jamila Taha, DSWD-10)

El Salvador City, and the municipalities of Baloi and Kolambugan,  Lanao del Norte, and Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental recently received the recognition as most child-friendly cities and municipalities in Northern Mindanao for 2015.

The municipality of Baloi receives the Most Child-Friendly Municipality as awarded by DSWD and DILG. In photos from left ARDO Dela Cruz, ARDA Borres, DILG Lanao del Norte, MSWDO of Baloi, Mr. Alexander Ali representing LGU of Baloi and RD Ramos (Photo courtesy of Jamila Taha, DSWD-10)

This was awarded by the Council for the Welfare of Children, Department of Interior and Local Governance, and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The city and the four municipalities have also received P50,000.00 each as part of their recognition from the Council for the Welfare of Children in providing an atmosphere for children where their rights are respected and freely exercised.

The development of the said recognition was spearheaded by the DILG in partnership with the CWC and the DSWD of which its criteria is based on evaluating the local government unit’s child’s rights-based programs.

The search for child-friendly cities and municipalities is an annual activity implemented by the three institutions to uplift the rights of Filipino children across the nation.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD