Zamboanga collects awards for child welfare

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CITY OF ZAMBOANGA: Social Watch Philippines recognized Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar as a “champion” in promoting child welfare, saying she prioritized the needs and welfare of the child. youth sector during her nine-year tenure as local executive director.

He also awarded the local government, through the City’s Social Welfare and Social Development Office headed by Socorro Rojas, the most trackable budget award for children at the capacity-building workshop recently. concluded to strengthen public financial management for children held at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro. Town.

Social Watch is an international network of more than 100 civic organizations fighting to eradicate poverty and the causes of poverty, to ensure a fair distribution of wealth and the realization of human rights. He is committed to social, economic and gender justice.

The training focused on the use of the budget tagging tool, which is intended for use by local governments, especially offices concerned with planning and budgeting for children. These offices include the local chief executive, planning and development coordinator, municipal health, social welfare and development, local school board, gender and development, municipal budget, municipal treasurer and municipal accounting, and other offices responsible for promoting the welfare of children.

Child-focused budget tagging is the systematic identification of child-specific and relevant programmes, projects and activities, categorized according to child rights – survival, development, protection and participation.

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The budget tagging tool aims to monitor actual local government allocations and expenditures for child-focused programs and services to uphold children’s rights, promote their well-being, and ensure their participation in education. policy development, planning and program implementation. The tool can identify funding gaps and underfunded priorities, and facilitate stronger interconnection with other cross-cutting themes – gender equality, equity, inclusion and humanitarian response.

Social Watch Philippines offers an advocacy, awareness raising, monitoring, organizational development and networking strategy each year. A series of national and island consultations were organized with the aim of increasing awareness and participation of the populations in promoting social development concerns with the government.

Likewise, he has faithfully submitted an annual report on the Philippines to the Global Social Watch Report, which in turn is submitted to the United Nations Commission for Social Development. Social Watch’s global report is essentially a progress report on the achievements, or lack thereof, of different countries in implementing their social development commitments.

The Climaco-Salazar administration was also awarded the prestigious “2018 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG)” and the “2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities” by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Development.

Climaco-Salazar, a strong advocate for children’s rights, received awards in recognition of local government initiatives to promote the protection and well-being of children. Zamboanga, under the leadership of the mayor, has been consistently rewarded for its efforts in the protection and welfare of children.

The SCFLG is awarded to cities and municipalities that have met all the criteria set by the audit system following an assessment measuring their level of performance in implementing child-friendly programs and establishing measures that promote the well-being of children.

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