SALAY, MIS. OR, Dec. 5—For the second time around, the Municipality of Salay bagged the prestigious Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) for the year 2017. The award was received by Mayor Angelo G. Capistrano, together with LGU department heads and community stakeholders at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace, Dec. 5, 2018.

The municipality of Salay undergone a three-day validation from August 28-30, 2018 led by the National Awards Committee (NAC) from the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and other partner NGOs.

The audit covered validation in the municipal level and 3 barangays in Salay, namely, Barangay Yungod, Barangay Salay River-1 and Barangay Casulog on the following areas: Planning and Policy Formulation, Resource Allocation and Utilization, Service Delivery,  Child Participation, Community Participation and Resource Mobilization.  70% of the total score came from the Municipal Evaluation and 30% from evaluation in the Barangay level. LGUs need to have a rating of 85% and above to be considered as a National Awardee of the Presidential Award.

Salay was ranked 1st place in the 4th-6th class category and took home the Presidential trophy with a cash prize of Php500, 000.00. Aside from that, Salay received Php50, 000.00 as a Regional Awardee and another Php50, 000.00 as  National Finalist.  Mayor Jun intends to use the cash prize for the construction of a Rehabilitation Center which will cater to children and adults with musculoskeletal problems. The LGU has an ongoing program on physical therapy for stroke patients and other disabilities alike, once a week every Thursday.

Aside from Salay, other 4 municipalities and cities were awarded  the 2017 PACFMC: Municipality of Santa Fe in Nueva Vizcaya (Region III), Tagaytay City in the province of Cavite (CALABARZON), Dagupan City in the province of Pangasinan (Region I), and Mandaluyong City (NCR).

As a Child-friendly municipality, Salay frontlines in promoting children’s rights to survival, development, protection, and participation as well as ensuring child-friendly governance.

2017 PACFMC Awarding, Dec. 5, 2018, Heroes Hall, Malanan Palace