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    Centers for special kids in Phl sought

    A Philippine lawmaker on Saturday said he is urging Congress to establish special education (SPED) centers that will exclusively serve the needs of special children to enhance and hone their special talents, abilities and skills.
    Rep. Eric Olivarez of Parañaque City said with the creation of SPED centers as provided under House Bill 3888, special kids will be given sufficient focus and attention which can help expedite their learning process.
    "These education centers will exclusively serve the needs of special children and would enhance and hone their special abilities, skills and talents, which other public schools might fall short on giving," Olivarez said.
    The bill mandates every component city in the Philippines to establish at least one SPED Center to cater to its respective constituents and every highly urbanized city to establish at least two SPED Centers to cater to a higher population.
    Further, the bill provides for the creation and maintenance of a joint SPED center between two or more component cities, which have insufficient income to maintain its own SPED center and/or have small population of special kids making it impractical to establish and operate a center for them.
    Olivarez said the establishment of a joint SPED center shall be subject to the approval in writing of the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD), the concerned component cities are neighboring cities and the proposed joint SPED center shall be accessible to all the constituents of all neighboring cities as provided under this Act.
    The measure states that the city mayors shall appoint an administration committee who shall act as the governing body of the SPED centers. The said committee shall be composed of one Chairman and two members whose qualifications and term of office shall be prescribed by the DSWD.
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