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Denpasar, Bali is Kid Friendly

Baliís Capital Wins Recognition From Jakarta for Pro-Kid Policies

(10/6/2012) Bali’s capital city of Denpasar has received an award from Indonesian’s Minister for the Empowerment of Women and Child Protection citing its achievement towards eventual designation as a Child Friendly City (Kota Layak Anak-KLA) and was also cited at the same time for its success in issuing official birth certificates without charge to its citizens.

Kompas.com reports that Denpasar’s vice-mayor Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya was handed the awards by the Minister for the Empowerment of Women and Child Protection, Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in Jakarta.

The Denpasar muncipality was judged by the Central Government as having worked to satisfy the rights of its children together with taking the positive step of issuing birth certificates without charge.

Rai Mantra, Denpasar’s vice-mayor, said the recognition represents the appreciation of the Central Government for Denpasar’s efforts to safeguard children’s rights. Furthermore, he said that the awards would become a motivation for even more serious steps to be taken in the future to address the needs of children.

“For us, children represent the future demanding out attention from birth in order that they can live lives that are secure, safe and prosperous to enable them to become a future generation of Indonesians with high character,” said Rai Mantra.