Oro Kasanag awards child-friendly barangay, po­lice sta­tion

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - Jo Ann Sablad

Barangay Kauswa­gan has been hailed as the Most Child-Friendly Sub-Ur­ban Barangay in Ca­gayan de Oro City again this year dur­ing the Oro Kasanag Awards Pa­sun­dayag Gabi ng Paran­gal last Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, at the event cen­ter of Cen­trio Ayala Mall.

Barangay Kauswa­gan won P150,000 and a tro­phy as the Most Child­Friendly Sub-Ur­ban Barangay for hav­ing the best prac­tices, projects and pro­grams that up­hold the rights of chil­dren.

Ka­gawad Peter Ja­son Balite of Barangay Kauswa­gan, upon re­ceiv­ing the award, ex­pressed hap­pi­ness and grat­i­tude, es­pe­cially since it’s the sec­ond time the barangay was awarded the most child-friendly sub-ur­ban barangay in Ca­gayan de Oro City.

He also shared that the hard work, unity and co­op­er­a­tion of the barangay, the com­mu­nity and the school have been sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors as to why they were able to sus­tain their ti­tle.

“Ang sup­port sa among com­mu­nity, pagtin­a­ban­gay namo, es­pe­cially sa schools namo, nagta­bang gyud pag dis­sem­i­nate unsa ang mga rights sa chil­dren, ang ad­vo­cacy namo nga among pro­tek­ta­han gyud sila,” Balite said.

Barangay Can­i­toan came in sec­ond and bagged the cash prize worth P120,000 and tro­phy, fol­lowed by Barangay Pa­gat­pat which gar­nered an P80,000 cash prize and tro­phy.

Barangays Tablon, Ca­ma­man-an, Gusa, Nazareth, Patag, Agu­san and Bu­lua were also rec­og­nized as the 4th to 10th child-friendly sub-ur­ban barangays in the city and re­ceived P5,000 and a plaque each.

The top 3 ur­ban barangays: Barangays 7, 14 and 21 were also awarded with P30,000, P20,000 and P15,000 worth of cash prize, re­spec­tively, and a tro­phy each.

Mean­while, Bu­lua Po­lice Sta­tion (PS7) was hailed as the Most Child­Friendly Po­lice Sta­tion in Ca­gayan de Oro City and re­ceived P100,000 cash prize.

“I’m very happy, as a sta­tion com­man­der, it means a lot to me. Be­cause this is a team ef­fort, it is not only the ef­forts of the WCPD, but all my per­son­nel help one an­other to achieve this and I’m very happy,” Po­lice Se­nior In­spec­tor Brec­cia Deloso Tow­nend of Bu­lua Po­lice Sta­tion said.

Ac­cord­ing to Tow­nend, one of the rea­sons why they were able to bag the ti­tle is be­cause they were able to sus­tain their projects, one of which is a mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram that helps the chil­dren at risk, those who are vic­tims and in con­flict with the law.

“So that they will be given an­other chance that de­spite of their cir­cum­stances, the choices that they will make will show who they are,” Tow­nend said.

Fol­low­ing Bu­lua po­lice are Lumbia Po­lice Sta­tion (PS8), which came in sec­ond, Ma­casandig Po­lice Sta­tion (PS9), Cug­man Po­lice Sta­tion (PS10) and Co­gon Po­lice Sta­tion (PS2).

Ac­cord­ing to Mary Kris Gebe, one of the eval­u­a­tors for the Most Child­Friendly Po­lice Sta­tion,

they were able to no­tice the im­prove­ment of all the po­lice sta­tions in the city.

“It’s more than just the phys­i­cal beauty of their po­lice sta­tion but yung mga pro­grams nila and how they con­nect with the barangay, and how they con­nect with the schools in im­ple­ment­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren,” Gebe said.

Oro Kasanag also awarded Agora Po­lice Sta­tion (PS3) as a Hall of Famer af­ter main­tain­ing the ti­tle of the Most Child­Friendly Po­lice Sta­tion for three con­sec­u­tive years.

“Ex­pected na rin naman namin yung Hall of Famer kay since 2015, 2016, and 2017 na ang Po­lice Sta­tion Agora yung nag num­ber 1 al­ways. So this year, hindi na kami nasali sa top dahil nga hall of famer na daw,” Ja­son Sto Domingo, the sta­tion com­man­der of Agora Po­lice Sta­tion said.

Domingo added that they were able to main­tain their ti­tle due to the ef­forts of their Woman and Chil­dren Pro­tec­tion Desk (WCPD) of­fi­cer, Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Cherry Reyes.

“Yung WCPD of­fi­cer ko dahil so­brang se­ri­ous sya sa tra­baho. Yung la­hat ng kailan­gan icom­ply, kino-com­ply nya. Pag may reklamo sa mga con­cern­ing women and chil­dren, nandyan siya, tala­gang tu­tok siya,” Domingo said.

Oro Kasanag Award, the of­fi­cial award-giv­ing body for the child-friendly search, aims to ac­knowl­edge the best prac­tices of barangays and po­lice sta­tions for the chil­dren, who are the most vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor in the com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to Oro Kasanag Awards Chair­man Al Rashide Galaura.

“Para ma push ang atoang mga barangays and po­lice sta­tions to cre­ate projects, ser­vices and pro­gram that would up­hold the four rights of chil­dren: sur­vival, de­vel­op­men­tal, pro­tec­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion,” Galaura said.

Galaura added that the Barangay Coun­cil for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren (BCPC) and the WCPD are the two main fac­tors that they have to eval­u­ate as they are the pri­mary peo­ple that will help in the ini­tia­tives and ser­vices for the right and pro­tec­tion of chil­dren.

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