The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Infanta, under the leadership of Mayor Filipina Grace R. America, received the 2017 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG) under the 1st to 3rd Class Municipalities Category last August 20, 2018.
This is a regional award from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), awarded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Melanie G. Virrey, Municipal Planning Development Coordinator (MPDC) Susan M. America, and Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) Alely P. Ditalo accepted the award. MSWDO Melanie G. Virrey stated that the SCFLG is given to deserving LGUs for their commitment to the promotion of children's right to survival, development, protection and participation towards a Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society for, by, and with the children. Since it started in 2015, the Infanta LGU had received the recognition for three consecutive years. According to MLGOO Alely P. Ditalo the conferment of the SCFLG was the result of the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA), conducted annually by the Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force composed of representatives from DILG as Chairperson, and from DSWD and DepEd, as members. The said audit was 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 to 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; (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; (9) An ordinance establishing Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks; (10) 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 that is aligned with the School Improvement Plan; and (12) Completion of at least 70% of its LSB Plan. The LGUs that will pass the mandatory CFLGA, with a rating not lower than 75%, will be conferred the SCFLG by the CWC.