Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, March 16, 2009


Olongapo City was among the finalist cities to have been invited for the awarding ceremony of the Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities at Malacañang Palace on March 12, 2009.

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. personally attended the event and received the plaque of recognition from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, assisted by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral.

After being cited as the Most Child Friendly City in Region III under the Highly-Urbanized Category, Olongapo City qualified as a nominee for the Presidential Award for Most Child Friendly City in the entire country and went on to become national finalist.

“Napakahalaga ng award na ito para sa Olongapo. This proves that our programs for the welfare of children are effective and we are implementing it well,” said Gordon in an earlier statement.
The Council for the Welfare of Children initiated the Presidential Award for the Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities pursuant to Executive Order No. 184, series of 1999 entitled “Establishing the Presidential Award for the Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.” The award is considered as a self-assessment mechanism of the level of child-friendliness of a particular city and municipality and at the same time gives recognition to LGUs that put in place a “child-friendly” environment and upholds the right of children on survival, protection, development and participation.

Olongapo City is a three-time Regional Winner for the Most Child Friendly City in Central Luzon and is noted for the implementation of Health, Education, Environment, Livelihood, Peace and Order, Sports Development and Social Welfare (H.E.L.P.S.) Program which provides opportunities for both children and service providers.

“With the continuous support of various sectors of our society, Olongapo City will continue to persevere and emphasize its commitment in ensuring a safe, healthy and progressive city for all children,” remarked Gordon.
Together with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. accepted the plaque of recognition for being a Finalist for the Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly Municipalities and Cities in Malacañang Palace on March 12, 2009.

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