The office of Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte on Monday kicked off the caravan services for children in Barangay Mapula, Paquibato District aimed at addressing the needs of kids in underserved communities.
The acting mayor has the full backing of the executive department in initiating the program, dubbed “Handog sa Caravan,” the City Information Office said in a statement.
The younger Duterte has been appointed acting chief executive since Mayor Sara Duterte went on official leave since July.
Kim Nicole Briggs, the barangay affairs officer of the Office of the Vice Mayor, said the caravan was conceptualized after noticing that most programs mostly cater to adults.
The Handog sa Caravan has four stages starting with the registration.
To register, children from ages 6-12 must give 10 plastic bottles. The plastic bottles will be brought by the VMO to its agency partner, Plastic-Free Davao, which recycles plastics into eco-bricks, chairs, and other materials.
The second stage is the “Pasalida sa Caravan” wherein the children are gathered to watch educational videos on dengue awareness, earthquake drill, risk/disaster awareness, and how to protect the environment. A short quiz follows with prizes at stake for the kids who give the correct answers.
The children will proceed to the next stage – Librarya sa Caravan. The children can borrow or donate books. During this stage, a Cebuano story is going to be read to them, the CIO said.