Bacolod City was chosen by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) as one of the few model local areas for the pilot implementation of the Localization of the Comprehensive National Juvenile Intervention Program, for its strong commitment to the welfare of children and the youth.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is scheduled to sign the covering Memorandum of Agreement with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman, a press release from the City Hall said.
The invitation to participate in the program was sent to Leonardia by DILG Region 6 Director Evelyn Trompeta last month.
Leonardia officially confirmed the interest of Bacolod City to participate in the pilot project to DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero.
“We are honored that Bacolod City has been identified by the JJWC as one of the possible model areas for the implementation of this program. As a consistent Child-Friendly City National Awardee, we believe there is still much to be learned and much to be done in this area,” Leonardia said.
For several years now, Bacolod City has been a consistent national finalist in the Presidential Search for the Most Child-Friendly City of the Philippines, after also continuously getting the Region 6 awards.
The Bacolod City government has also embarked on a people- public partnership project for the construction of a larger Social Development Center that will house CICLs through the Bacolod City Community Development Consortium created by an Executive Order issued by Leonardia.
This project is the outcome of the inclusion of Bacolod City in the Partnership for Democratic Local Governance in Southeast Asia's (DELGOSEA's) replication of best practices in local governance in Southeast Asia.
Bacolod is the only city in the Philippines to be included in this program funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the European Union.*