EDITORIAL : Child-friendly

Davao City could crack into the Hall of Fame of the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) if it wins the coveted award again this year.

The city received another nomination for the award this year to be on the verge of the perpetual accomplishment.

The nomination is an affirmation of its efforts to stop child abuse and promote the rights of children at all time. Keeping the welfare of children has always been at the center of the city government’s agenda resulting in wiinning the award in 1998, 1999, 2013, 2014, 2015.

What does it take to keep Davao City as among the leaders in championing the children’s cause?

Davao City earned its nomination with programs for children’s welfare like the Kean Gabriel Hotline, a brainchild of Mayor Sara Duterte, which serves as a child abuse reporting number. The program has rescued 483 abused children since it was established. The city government has also put up the Quick Response Team for Children’s Concern (QRTCC), which was designed to rescue, investigate and document cases of sexual, exploitation, and atrocities committed against children.

Whether Davao City wins the award and makes it to the HOF is but a bonus. The bottomline is that it has been consistently delivering basic sevices that promote the welfare and development of children–that alone is worth emulating. Award or no award.