LEADING BY EXAMPLE – The city government of Dagupan, under the leadership of Mayor Belen Fernandez, again received citations from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council for more child-friendly initiatives. The awards given were in recognition of the city’s efforts in implementing daycare service as well as in promoting the effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. Shown with the awards are (from left to right) Irene Ferrer of CSWD, Councilor Marvin Fabia, Gender and Development Focal Person Dr. Lydwina Balingit-Bernardo, Councilor Maybelyn Dela Cruz-Fernandez, Mayor Belen Fernandez, DILG City Director Melinda Buada, City Accountant Melissa Mendoza, City Engineer Virginia Rosario, City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia Rivera and City Planning and Development Office chief Engr. Josephine Corpuz. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – The city of Dagupan again received citations for more child-friendly initiatives in recognition of its efforts for young pupils and juveniles.

This, after Dagupan, under the leadership of Mayor Belen Fernandez, was recently adjudged as model local government unit for implementing daycare service and in providing quality and holistic Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programs and services to the daycare children in the community.

The efforts recognized in the citation included the regular conduct of programs such as check-ups, feeding and immunization and learning activities conducted by the city such as the mobile library and other programs from various departments and organizations.

The city government also sought the improvement of learning experiences for daycare pupils through the construction and accreditation of 46 child development centers in the city as well as boosting the monthly allowances of child development workers from the previous P2,000 to P5,000.

This was in recognition of the important roles of child development workers in shaping young Dagupeños.

Meanwhile, the city government’s efforts in guiding troubled youth were also commended by the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (RJJWC).

The recognition came after the city’s continuous promotion of the effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, by initiating the establishment of Bahay Pag-Asa to cater to children in conflict with the law and children at risk.

The awards were signed by DSWD Regional Director and RJJCWC 1 Chairperson Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo.

Both citations were received by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) during awarding ceremonies held in San Fernando City, La Union on March 1.

The awards were presented to Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, the department heads and city employees during the opening of Women’s Month Celebration at the city plaza on March 4.

Also turned over was the award given to the city by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) after having been adjudged as four-time Most Child-Friendly City in the Region last December. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)