HAPPY KIDS, HAPPY SCHOOLS – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez plays storyteller of the day as she reads a story to grade school students of West Central Elementary School 1. The activity is part of DepEd’s ‘Happy Schools Movement’ which aims to engage pupils through fun activities. In their brief visit to the Tondaligan Beach, the children were also able to enjoy the new Children’s Playground and Gazebo. (CIO photos by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – The Dagupan City government here extends its full support to the ‘Happy Schools Movement’ project launched by the Department of Education (DepEd) – Region I.

The new flagship program aims to increase learning productivity among young learners through fun and happy activities.

In the city, various fun and enjoyable strategies will be implemented to introduce lessons to the students. Among them include “cooperative learning” or group work, storytelling, film viewing and game time or “play-based” learning for the children.

The initiative is in line with the city’s bid to ensure that the children remain the happiest, safest and healthiest in the city.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez expressed her support for the program when she participated in a storytelling session for grade school pupils from West Central Elementary School 1.

The mayor served as a storyteller during their brief visit to Children’s Playground and Gazebo located at the newly revitalized Tondaligan Blue Beach. The children were also able to enjoy the playground after the activity.

“This Children’s Playground was built for you. This was made to be enjoyed by all the children of Dagupan City,” said Fernandez.

The Children’s Playground and Gazebo are only some of the many projects of the city catering to the youth.

Since 2013, the city government has constructed numerous classrooms and covered court gymnasiums to improve the quality of school experiences in the city.

Buildings such as the Special Program for the Arts Building in Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS), the Teen Center and the e-Library in the Balon Dagupan Civic Center were also established to provide avenues for the youth to pursue their studies and develop their skills and talents.

These, coupled by the best practices of the city government realized through the initiative of Mayor Fernandez, were those recognized when the city was adjudged as the ‘Most Child-Friendly City’ nationwide last year by the Council for the Welfare of Children.

The city was also a national finalist in the same search for three consecutive years prior to clinching the top spot.

In line with this, Mayor Fernandez expressed hope that the incoming city administration will continue to implement its programs in order to sustain a fun and child-friendly environment for the youth of the city. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)