Mabalacat cited for being ‘child-friendly’

January 21, 2022 Bernard Galang 189 views

MABALACAT CITY – The Mabalacat City government under the leadership of Mayor Crisostomo Garbo is set to receive the 2021 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance Award (SCFLGA).

Mabalacat City passed all the areas of evaluation and garnered the highest rating in the recently concluded Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) for 2021 conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Only 20 out of the 55 local government units in Region III passed the audit and Mabalacat is the only Pampanga city to qualify in the CLFG audit along with the towns of Floridablanca and Porac.

Previously, Mabalacat City ranked first in the provincial level after accumulating a 95% audit rating. Also with a 95% overall rating, this component city is now ahead of all LGUs at the regional level as it placed first in the current audit year. This makes Mabalacat City a solid contender for the 2021 National SCFLG award, which may also merit a possible nomination to the Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly Local Government Unit.

Meanwhile, Population, Gender and Development (POPGAD) Officer and City Council for the Welfare of Children (CCWC) vice chairperson Charlo Costales said the city’s placing in the roster of Top 20 LGUs in Central Luzon is already an honor.

He added that passing the rigorous audit process is already a nod to the city government’s effective roadmap in promoting a child-friendly Mabalacat City.

For his part, Mayor Crisostomo Garbo expressed his elation after receiving the good news. The city mayor said that his administration will continue to give high importance to the rights and welfare of Mabalaqueño children, more so now that his administration has institutionalized various child and youth development programs in the city.

“Tayo po ay nagagalak dahil tayo ay nakapasang muli sa taunang CFLGA na isinasagawa ng DILG. Malaking bagay po ang makapasa sa audit na ito dahil ito po ay isang panunuri kung naisasakatuparan ng isang lokal na pamahalaan ang mga programa nito na nakalaan para sa mga kabataan,” said Mayor Garbo.