Malapatan ranked second with a functional percentage rating of 99% followed by Maitum with 82%. Both municipalities got cash prizes of P75,000 and P20,000, respectively.
Malungon Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino said “we will continue to sustain the accomplishments na na-umpisahan and we will continue to call or give the challenge para ma-sustain namo ang among vision nga mahimo ming isa ka munisipyo nga naay child-friendly facility.”
Constantino also thanked all their “partners, stakeholders, different sectors nga among kaabag para maabot ang among vision, daghan kaayong salamat, the credits belong to our constituents, kung ako lang, gamay lang jud among mabuhat pero kung naga tinabangay mi through our sincere unity and cooperation, success will follow.”
Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) Carmen Hijara, explaining the legal basis for selecting the most functional Municipal Council for the Protection of Children, identified “organization, meetings, availability of annual work and financial work for children, availability of approved budget and accomplishment report based on the approved budget” as the indicators.
The awarding ceremony on November 23 was part of the Children’s Congress where Vice Governor Elmer de Peralta delivered Sarangani’s State of the Children Report on behalf of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon.
“Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga Para sa lahat ng Bata” was the theme of the congress which was a call to end all forms of violence against children as it advocated positive parenting focusing on positive points of behavior. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)