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New building for Lingap Center for Mentally Challenged Children

September 09, 2019 - Monday 7:09 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image Photo by UNICEF

DAVAO CITY -- The Lingap Center for Mentally Challenged Children opened its new rehabilitated facility on September 6 in line with its 21st founding anniversary.

Lingap Center Manager Amelee Buot said the new building is now more conducive to the needs of the children.

"The children now have a conducive environment that they need because of their disabilities," she said.

Buot said two new activity rooms will be used by the children to enhance their social abilities and skills in things that they can do, such as light chores.

She saidmentally challenged children who have been abandoned need more care to fill their needs of parental love.

The 24 current residents have different disabilities, with some capable of learning while others are not.

"This is a tough job because if you work here without love for them, you will not last long. We need love, passion, and perseverance to take care of them," Buot said.

The renovation of the Lingap Center is part of the rehabilitation of the seven residential facilities under the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

These are the Balay Dangupan, Co-Su-Gian Home for the elderly, Bahay Pag-asa, Lingap Center for Mentally Challenged Children, Paginhawaan Drop in Center for Children, Quick Response Team for Child Center, and Sidlakan Center.