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Davao City's Sta Ana police station tops child-friendly station tilt

Davao City (3 December) -- Sta. Ana Police Station bested 12 other police stations in Davao City in the first Search for the Most Child-Friendly Police Station being pilot tested here.

In an interview after the awarding ceremony, Police Inspector Ronald Lao said the award serves as a challenge for the entire force of his station to work more for the best interest of the child.

"Dapat mas effective pa ang among pagserbisyo kay nakita namo kung unsa pa ang among angay nga buhaton," he told media practitioners covering the awarding ceremony held at the D'Leonor Hotel, Bajada, Davao City.

Lao explained that members of the Technical Working Group of the Search had advised him of some measures which needed to be done to improve the child-friendly service delivery of Sta. Ana Police Station.

The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) XI came up with the Search for the Most Child-Friendly Police Station upon endorsement of the Philippine National Police Regional Office XI.

The first of its kind in the country being piloted in Davao City, the Search will go region-wide next year covering police stations at the provincial and municipal levels.

Other than Sta. Ana Police Station, police stations of Toril and Marilog also landed among the top three star-rated police stations.

While Sta. Ana got three star-rating with 164 points, Toril Police Station got two-star rating with 159 points, landing at the second place; and Marilog Police Station got one star-rating with 140 points, landing third place.

Chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI, the RSCWC XI got prize sponsorships from the following donors: NCCC Group of Companies, FSTA Trucking Inc., JCI Daba-Daba Jaycees, Dell Computers, Nori Tabios of Open Heart Foundation, Davao del Sur Board Member Aileen Almendras and Mr. Jaimee Uy and from DSWD.

DSWD Regional Director Esther Acebedo-Versoza during the awarding ceremony said the prizes "matter less than the recognition being given to the winners," but Versoza extended her appreciation and gratitude to the prize-sponsors as she looked forward for more support for the next round of the Search.

Working with DSWD in the RSCWC are the Departments of Health, Education, Interior and Local Government, Justice, Labor, Agriculture; National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine National Police, Philippine Information Agency, Commission on Human Rights, National Nutrition Council, National

Police Commission, National Statistics Office, National Statistical Coordination Board, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, National Coalition of Children's Rights, KABIBA, Kabataan Consortium. (PIA XI/RSCWC/jmdabangan) [top]

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