THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro, along with the Oro Youth Development Council (OYDC), has officially launched its annual Search for Most Child-Friendly Police Station, a youth-led social audit of police stations.
Now on its fifth year, the top cash prize increased to P120,000. The second placer gets P80,000 while the third prize is P60,000.
The Search for Most Child-Friendly Police Station aims to show that police officers are not just there to serve and protect the people but should also be frontliners in upholding and promoting the rights of the children.
The search would cover policy related areas such that whether a police station is compliant with child related laws, physical facilities, training of police officers, services, monitoring evaluation and research, and information and advocacy.
The participating police stations will be judged based on the following criteria: 60 points for on-site evaluation; 20 points for community-based validation; and 20 points for school-based validation.
They will also be evaluated based on their child-friendly space; Women and Children’s Desk Officer; confidentiality and safekeeping of the documents and cases that involve minors; monitoring and processing of said documents and cases; and precautionary measures involving the victim, the suspect, and others.
Aside from the top three winners, the city will also cite special award with cash prize for the Best Child-Friendly Welfare Project (P30,000) and Child Panelists’ Choice (P10,000).
In the past years, Police Station 3 in Agora is the consistent winner of the search.