The city government of Makati on Tuesday recognized the top three winners of the search for the “Most Child-Friendly Barangay” of Makati for 2012, led by Barangay West Rembo, during the annual Children’s Assembly held at the Main Theater of the University of Makati.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, chairman of the Makati Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), hailed the winners of the citywide search this year as he delivered his third State of the Children Address, which focused on major achievements of the city in the implementation of programs and services for the benefit of children. 

“We heartily congratulate the top three barangays that won in this year’s search for the Most Child-Friendly Barangay.  We applaud the members of your Barangay Council for the Protection of Children for pursuing innovative programs to make your communities ideal for the proper growth and development of children,” Binay said.

The mayor also lauded the seven other barangays who made it to the top ten, and encouraged them to persevere in their advocacy for children’s rights and welfare to ensure a bright future for them.

Barangay West Rembo led by Brgy. Capt. Judith Baquiran-Celos won first place and received a cash prize of P100,000, a trophy and a marker declaring it as the “Most Child-Friendly Barangay of Makati 2012.” The second place winner, Barangay Poblacion led by Brgy. Capt. Benhur L.Cruz, won a cash prize of P75,000 and a tropy.  In third place was Barangay Guadalupe Viejo led by Brgy. Capt. Edgardo M. Lugay, which received a P50,000-cash prize and a trophy.

The other barangays included in the top ten were Kasilawan, Cembo, South Cembo, Post Proper Southside, Pitogo, Singkamas and Rizal.  Each of them received a plaque of recognition.

Around 800 participants attended the event, including students from the city’s public schools and day care centers, members of the BCPCs, children advocates, representatives from children and youth organizations, non-government organizations, and officers and members of the Makati City Council for the Protection of Children.

The judges of the search said that the top three winners were able to comply with required documentation and were able to present innovative programs and practices on children during the validation period.

This year’s candidates for the search underwent rigid screening in three phases:  1) validation of documents of the barangays; 2) visitation of the selection committee to each barangay; and 3) panel interview of the selected council members in the top three barangays.



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