Relocation site to get its own day care center

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Sunday, June 23, 2013


CHILDREN living in a relocation site in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City will not have to walk two kilometers every day to attend day care sessions, once the construction of a daycare center in the site is completed.

The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Inc. (PICE)-Cebu Chapter and the Cebu Contractors Association Inc. yesterday held the groundbreaking for a day care center in the 6.5-hectare relocation site.

Engr. Daisy Toledo, president of PICE-Cebu Chapter, said the building’s design will follow the principles of “green engineering.”

“It will have natural lighting and natural ventilation,” she said in an interview.

The one-story building, which will have a 63-square-meter floor area, will also have a tank that will collect rainwater.

Two sessions will be held in the center every day, with each session accommodating 30 children of ages three to four years, said Violeta Cavada, head of the Mandaue City Social Welfare Services.

Third facility

There are 38 existing day care centers in the city.

Paknaan Barangay Captain Malaquias Soco said it will be the barangay’s third day care center.

He said he will ask the Visayan Electric Company to donate chairs.

While the center is being constructed, children in the relocation site will attend day care sessions in the barangay gym some two kilometers away.

Engr. Paul Dy, president of Cebu Contractors Association Inc., said the building’s cost will reach P390,000 to P400,000.

“We will start the construction as soon as possible. We hope to finish the construction within 45 working days,” he said.

The day care center is only one of the facilities that will soon be provided for the residents of the relocation site, which is now occupied by about 100 families, said Tonypet Juanico of the City Housing and Urban Development Office.

“The Habitat for Humanity will also donate a multi-purpose building. We are now preparing the memorandum of agreement for that,” Juanico said.

The City has developed the relocation site for 1,200 families living along creeks. An access road leading to the site was recently opened.

“As Mayor Jonas Cortes said, we are not only building a relocation site. We are building a community,” Juanico said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 23, 2013.

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