City Social Services and Development Office head Maria Luisa Bermudo (right) and Councilor Antoinette Principe. (Photo courtesy of Councilor Antoinette Principe)

DAVAO CITY – A center that will cater to kids with special needs will rise here next year, the City Information Office said in a statement Monday.

The Davao City Special Needs Intervention Center for Children will offer early intervention and transition programs and allied medical services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy, the CIO said.

City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) head Maria Luisa Bermudo said the center will be located at the back of People's Park and will cost PHP41 million.

Last week, the City Council passed an ordinance establishing the center, which will cater to children from ages 0-6 years-old.

Councilor Antoinette Principe, who pushed for the approval of the ordinance, said the center reflects the city government's longstanding policy to provide assistance to children with special needs.

“It is the policy of the city government of Davao to pursue the right of all citizens to (give) quality education and services and take appropriate steps to make education accessible to all and offer quality interventions for the children with developmental delays and behavioral concerns,” Principe said. (PNA)