Iloilo City joins Child-Friendly Award competition


For the second time since 2017, Iloilo City is gunning again for a national award for being a child-friendly city.

Iloilo City is a national finalist in the 2018 presidential award for child-friendly towns and cities under the highly urbanized city category.

City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) assistant department head Merlyn Gison said the award giving body must have seen the best practices and efforts done by the city government to strengthen the welfare of children (

“We have very good programming of one percent of the annual budget for the programs, projects and activities of our children,” she said.

The last time Iloilo City competed for the award was in 2017, when it went up against Cebu and Mandaluyong Cities.

Representatives from the national award committee are to visit Iloilo City from July 9 to 13 for the validation.

The team will be composed of representatives from Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), National Council of Social Development, and CWC.

Gison said the city’s Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) is one of the major factors that the city was considered in the award.

She said Iloilo City is the only city that has a set of social workers responding to children cases in the metro at night.

“The members of the council are doing their share. In fact, we are the only city that has a night duty for social workers for them to respond to the cases of children in the city,” she said.

She added that there is a good partnership between the city government and the Women and Children Protection Desk.