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CAGAYAN de Oro City, recognized as the recipient of the ‘Presidential Award for the Most Child Friendly City’, recently hosted a benchmarking activity for more than 60 delegates from the Tagaytay City Health Office.
“The purpose of their visit is to learn about the best practices and initiatives implemented in the City of Cagayan de Oro to create a child-friendly environment,” said City Mayor’s Office chief of staff Shiela Struggle.
The visiting delegates received a warm welcome from City Mayor Klarex Uy, together with City Administrator Lawyer Roy Hilario Raagas and City Health Officer Dr. Roy Hilario Raagas. Rachel Daba-Dilla, during the presentation at the City Tourism Hall.
“The achievement of Cagayan de Oro City as the most child-friendly city is due to its commendable practices and initiatives,” said Lumbatan.
According to Lumbatan, the city government has invested in programs that prioritize the welfare of children, including providing quality healthcare, education, and social services.
Accordingly, the city has built child-friendly facilities and spaces such as playgrounds, promoting physical activity and socialization.
In promoting child protection and welfare, Lumbatan added that the city has established child protection units, conducted an awareness campaign on the rights of the child, and prevention of child abuse.
“These efforts not only ensure the safety of the children but also empower the community to protect their rights,” explained Lumbatan adding that education is also an important goal of the city government today.
He said they are implementing programs to improve access to quality education, offering scholarships, school feeding programs, and improving school facilities.
Their goal is to equip children with the necessary skills and knowledge for success, he said.
In addition, the city is developing collaboration between different sectors, including civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, schools, and parents, according to Lumbatan.
This collaboration has led to comprehensive programs that cater to the diverse needs of children, including those with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Overall, the recognition of the city of Cagayan de Oro as the most welcoming city shows its commitment to creating a nurturing and supportive environment for children.
Through their best practices and initiatives, the city sets an inspiring example for others to follow in ensuring the well-being and development of its young residents.
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