The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) led the Philippine delegation in the recently concluded East Asia-Europe Interregional Exchange on Child-Friendly Cities organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Madrid, Spain and Helsinki, Finland on September 4-9, 2023.
The DILG’s participation in the activity is in line with the directive of Secretary Benhur C. Abalos, Jr. to promote children’s welfare through local governance.
“Children are the present and the future of the country. Governments must, therefore, prioritize the welfare and needs of children in their development agenda. After all, the better nation that we are building is for them to inherit,” he said.
During the activity, DILG Undersecretary Odilon L. Pasaraba presented the Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) and other measures to strengthen children’s participation in government. Emerging issues such as children’s mobility were also tackled.
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