Muntinlupa has been recognized as the “Most Child-Friendly City” in 2016 among the 17 local government units in Metro Manila.
The city garnered the highest score in the annual audit conducted by the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC), an inter-agency task force led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
In a statement, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi attributed the citation to the city’s nutrition programs, expanded educational assistance and investments in child-care projects amounting to P634 million last year.
City Hall has also supported at least 50,000 scholars in elementary, high school, college and technical-vocational programs.
The annual Child-Friendly Local Governance Audit was initiated in 2014 by then Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. —DEXTER CABALZA