Following the approval of an ordinance by the 19th City Council last week, February 20, 2020, the City Information Office (CIO) announced that the Davao City Special Needs Intervention Center for Children will be offering early intervention and transition programs, as well as allied medical services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy to children ages 0 to 6 years old.
Councilor Antoinette Principe-Castrodes, who pushed for the approval of the ordinance, told Sunstar that both children and families will benefit from the center. “As an advocate of children, I am overjoyed,” she said.
The councilor, whose child has Down syndrome, added that it is according to their policy to help children with special needs. “It is the policy of the city government of Davao to pursue the right of all citizens to (give) quality education and services and take appropriate steps to make education accessible to all and offer quality interventions for the children with developmental delays and behavioral concerns,” she said.
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The 1,000-square-meter center will be located at the Alternative Learning System compound beside the People’s Park and will cost Php41 million. The budget will come from the 2020 Annual Development Fund. According to Councilor Principe-Castrodes, the perspective plan has already been appoved by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Earlier this year, the Department of Education confirmed that the government has allocated a budget for special education in the Philippines for 2020. Click here to know more.