Filipino kids play a common street game in the country. The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children in Western Visayas recently recognized the outstanding performance of local government units in the region in the implementation of child-friendly programs and services in year 2018. PINTEREST.COM As finalists, they will compete withother LGUs in the country for the coveted PACFMC which President RodrigoDuterte will personally award to the winners in Malacañang. ILOILO City – The RegionalSub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) in Western Visayas recentlyrecognized the outstanding performance of local government units (LGUs) in theregion in the implementation of child-friendly programs and services in year2018. For Capiz, ranked first was Sapiantown, followed by Dumarao, Sigma, Tapaz, Roxas City, and Cuartero. The municipality of Buenavistagarnered first place in the province of Guimaras, followed by Sibunag, and SanLorenzo. The municipality of Hinoba-an capturedthe top spot for the province of Negros Occidental followed by the cities ofSilay, Victorias, Himamaylan, Bago City, San Enrique, Candoni, andPulupundan. Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Sevillecongratulated local chief executives and members of the Local Council for theProtection of Children who were conferred with the seal. The top LGUs for Antique were:Barbaza, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Anini-y, Culasi, and Pandan. Leading the awardees this year are theIloilo City and the municipality of Sapian in Capiz, who were hailed asnational finalists for the Presidential Award for the Child-FriendlyMunicipalities and Cities (PACFMC) under the highly-urbanized city and 4th to6th class income municipality categories, respectively. Both LGUs garnered the highest scoresin their respective categories in the 2018 Child-Friendly Local GovernanceAudit (CFLGA) conducted by the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force andqualified for the PACFMC. They were evaluated by the National Awards Committeelast July. For Iloilo, Anilao and Barotac Nuevotowns took first place rating, followed by Banate, Cabatuan, Passi City, SanRafael, Iloilo City, Ajuy, Bingawan, Mina, Guimbal, Lemery, Leon, Miag-ao, andSta. Barbara. A total of 129 LGUs in the region wereconferred with the seal after they passed the 2018 CFLGA. Aside from the plaque of recognition,LGU awardees also took home their Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance. Local chief executives andrepresentatives of LGU awardees received their plaque of recognition frommembers of RSCWC-6 led by Regional Director Engr. Ariel Iglesia of theDepartment of the Interior and Local Government-6 and Director III EvangelineFelecio of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-6 during theRegional Awarding and Conferment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governanceheld in this city. A former member of the SangguniangPanlalawigan of Iloilo, Seville enacted the Code of Parental Responsibilitythat strengthened parental responsibility over children where parents will bepenalized for the offenses committed by their children.(With a report from PIA/PN) For Aklan province, the top performingLGUs were: Malinao, Banga, Ibajay, Buruanga, New Washington, Madalag, Makato,Tangalan, Batan, and Malay. “But more than the awards, and theincentives, we cherish the honor of being able to lead a municipality/city thathas keen regard for children. We are happy about having made sure our childrenare safe within the bounds of our localities,” said Seville. Also cited during the event were thetop five outstanding LGUs in each of the six provinces in the region asindicated in the result of the 2018 CFLGA.