The City Government of Cagayan de Oro approved a P2,503,980 funding for the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program.

This fund’s special program is intended to promote the rights of children to survival, development and protection.

The ECCD program will be closely supervised by city social welfare and development officer Marisa M. Tagarda.

The child care is part of the health program of the city government.

“This program is very helpful to children,” said City Mayor Constantino “Tinnex” Jaraula.

Initially, the ECCD covers barangays Macasandig, Kauswagan, Bayabas and Camaman-an. The program refers to the full range of health, nutrition, early education and social services programs that provide for the basic needs of young children from birth to age six.

It aims to educate parents on their roles as primary caregivers and as their children’s first teachers, and to enhance active involvement from the community so as to improve the quality of life of young children and families.

The program will also focus on the provision of micro nutrients and supplemental feeding in order to address the malnutrition problem among undernourished children.

Aside from health services and other program support components, infrastructure development will also be given priority under the program through upgrading and expansion of day care and health centers, including provision of the necessary equipments and furniture. (PNA)

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