(Metro News) QC gov’t implements educ’l intervention program for special children

November 9, 2009 11:27 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 10 – The Quezon City government on Tuesday said it has mounted efforts to reach out to all special children in the city to ensure that they are provided with early intervention programs needed to facilitate their successful integration and socialization in the community.

Among the educational intervention programs cited is the need to set up special coordinating daycare centers for special children in each of the city’s four districts and have these equipped with technically skilled teachers whose specialty is special education (SPED).

Ongoing efforts to provide the necessary services to all children with special needs are in support of the implementation of the special children ordinance which was recently signed into law by Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr.

The SPED board that was formed to oversee the establishment of a sustainable program for QC special children is now in the process of formulating the internal rules and regulations needed to implement the provisions of the ordinance.

Constituting the SPED board are representatives from the city’s social services development department, public affairs and information services office, division of city schools, the chairman of the city council’s committee on education and a duly recognized non-governmental organization.

The Mayor is sitting as head of the SPED board.

Belmonte has declared as imperative the need to provide children with special needs with equal opportunities and development to become productive members of the society, particularly those who are from underprivileged families.

“This is a breakthrough ordinance. This is the first time that a measure of this importance has been approved in the country,” he said.

According to the city’s social services development department, there are about 40,000 disabled individuals in the city, and approximately 10 of which are children with special needs.

The city’s SPED ordinance, principally authored by Councilors Jesus Suntay and Jorge Banal Jr., underscores the welfare of special children as the primary concern and consideration in the implementation of the measure.

The Local Government Code of 1991 empowers the city council to approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient delivery of basic services and facilities that will provide for the care of disabled, needy and disadvantaged persons, particularly children below 18 years of age. (PNA) LDV/JCA

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