Tagaytay City, Cavite - The local administration has scored another one for the city and the citizens after it was adjudged by the national government as 2012 Most Child Friendly City.
City Mayor Bambol Tolentino and his constituents were elated for having been conferred the country's coveted child-friendly top category award.
Tagaytay is the most frequently visited by local and foreign tourists nearest the National Capital Region (NCR). It is one of the most beautiful, serene and cleanest places in the country.
The city administration has received numerous local and foreign awards and citations for their programs and promotion on education, health, environment and well-being.
Information and Tourism Officer Leilani D. Diesta said that the administration's child advocacy and protection and child-care, education, health-nutrition and other development programs did it for the city in winning the child friendly (component city) category award.
Mayor Tolentino received the Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly City from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel ''Mar'' Roxas, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon ''Dinky'' Soliman and Education Secretary Armin Altamirano Luistro during a simple ceremony last Wednesday at University of the Philippines (UP) Bahay ng Alumni (Alumni House) in Diliman Quezon City.
Those named finalists for the Most Child Friendly category this year are Laoag City, Talisay City, Cebu and Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
Tagaytay was adjudged by the national government as finalist in the same category during the last four years. With the latest award, the city virtually took the plum from Vigan City (Ilocos Sur) after its elevation to child friendly city hall of fame
Through the years, Tagaytay has been consistent Region IV-A Outstanding Child Friendly City Winner. Region IV-A comprises the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Rizal or Calabarzon.
With the feat, Tagaytay has been representing Region IV-A in the national government's Child Friendly Cities competition for the last five years.
During the latest child friendly city award ceremony, observers noted that the humblest acceptance speech came from Mayor Tolentino who cited that he and his administration have been happy being runner-up in the competition and just serving their children.
''We did not withdraw our efforts even if we were already a second place hall of famer,'' he said.
The mayor's ad-lib drew merriment and applause from the audience.