MAKATI CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) -- The city government will continue its programs and activities that cater to child development, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay assured them over the weekend.
"This promise comes with a challenge to value the efforts of the government to provide you with a comfortable life and to become responsible citizens. Remember that the future for a prosperous and progressive community lies in your hands. Let us all work together for our beloved Makati," Binay said in front of students from different schools during her 4th State of the Children Address held at the Makati Coliseum.
The event is part of the city's annual Children's Assembly in celebration of National Children's Month in November.
The mayor reported on the achievements of the city government in implementing programs, projects, and services for children, how children are doing, and how their lives are being enriched in Makati City, undeniably the richest local government unit in the country to date based on a recent Commission on Audit report.
Binay said under her watch, Project FREE (Free Relevant and Excellent Education) has been expanded to include free rubber shoes, rain gear, emergency go bags, school socks, and tumblers, apart from free uniform and school supplies.
Soon, the city will provide nutritious meals and more benefits to public schoolchildren as part of the mayor's vision of developing "globally competitive Makatizens," the mayor said.
This year, 1,259 Baby Makatizen bags have been distributed to residents who had their checkups at the city's public health facilities, and some 280 bags to those who went to private clinics and hospitals in the city. The baby bag is reusable container, containing newborn essentials such as diapers and baby wipes, swaddle blanket, tie side and pajamas.
It is is given for free under the Baby Makatizen program to encourage expecting mothers to have regular prenatal checkups at barangay health centers, Ospital ng Makati, or at any private health facility to ensure the safety of both mother and baby from conception to delivery. To avail, expecting mothers who are Yellow Card holders must have completed the required prenatal checkups from the first to third trimester.
Binay also reported that over 4,000 children have been registered in the city's civil registry this year through their strong collaboration with public and private hospitals and lying-in centers in the city.
She noted that Makati recently topped other cities in Metro Manila in administering the oral polio vaccine to children aged zero to 59 months by exceeding its target of 52,978 children as she assured young Makatizens of the city's continued thrust to fully immunize children from deadly communicable diseases.
Likewise, she said Makati also vaccinated 16,954 children against measles, and 4,780 against tetanus and diphtheria.
Moreover, 1,907 female Grade 4 students were given free human papillomavirus vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
Makati also prioritized providing services in dental health, maternal and child health, breastfeeding, nutrition and education.
It can be noted that the city has also prided itself of continuing to provide the best in free education for children through highly competitive public schools. The city has long been known for having outstanding students, who, despite belonging to government-owned elementary and high school educational institutions, continue to win competitions, awards and scholarships both in the country and abroad.(PIA NCR)