The Davao City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has cited Barangay Buhangin Proper as one of the model barangays in the city for its exemplary efforts in maintaining child development activities.
Mae Aquino, the focal person of CSWDO Barangay Council for the Protection on Children said that just recently, the village conducted a house-to-house program called ‘Bastoneros’ that ensures the welfare of village children, as well as organizing online communication and information campaigns on child welfare hotlines like the Kean Gabriel hotline.
“Because we are still in a pandemic, there are issues concerning children at home, so these ‘bastoneros’, they take turns in a group, they wander through houses and check if the children at home are still okay,” she said.
Aside from the mentioned programs, ‘panaygon’ and ‘harana’ activities, along with free seedlings distribution, have also been undertaken to encourage children to be productive while at home.
“[I am] hopeful that our children’s attention will be diverted to be more productive while staying at home” Aquino said.
She also said that through the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, the village has stepped up its efforts in supplementing the basic needs of children in the city amid the struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.
With the 182 barangays in the city as the implementing agencies, the CSWDO has continued to strengthen its programs in building a safer and more caring environment for all children.
“We did not stop doing it, it has started at the onset of the National Plan of Action for Children. This is a strategy that strengthens our Barangay Council for the Protection of Children in 2002,” Aquino said.
Davao City is now a Hall of Famer as most child-friendly city after receiving awards in the years 1998, 1999, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.