Rehab of dev’t crisis centers in ZC pushed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 December 2015 14:20

Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar is pushing for the immediate rehabilitation of the Social Development Center (SDC) and Women Crisis Center (WCC) here.

Abubakar’s move came after she saw the sorry state of the SDC and WCC facilities, which are operated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

The SDC houses 76 orphans and street children—59 males and 17 females—while the WCC houses abused and trafficked women and children.

At present, there are two women and 10 children staying at the WCC.

Both the SDC and WCC are located in one government compound in Barangay Sta. Barbara, this city.

Abubakar noted that only one of the two SDC dormitories is being used since the other had been padlocked to prevent the escape of the occupant-children. All the comfort rooms and bathrooms of the center are unusable.

Abubakar, who chairs the City Council’s Committee on Women, Children and Family, also noted that garbage littered all over the compound of the SDC and WCC.

“The children and other occupants are living in filthy and unsanitary conditions,” she added.

Like the SDC, the facilities at the WCC are also in non-functional.

“Definitely this is not the way we should treat our women and children,” Abubakar said.

She further noted that bullet holes are still visible since the SDC and WCC were affected by the 21-day September 2013 siege.

Abubakar brought to the attention of the City Council the condition of the SDC and WCC facilities through a privilege speech during the special session on Tuesday.

Abubakar was at the SDC and WCC on Sunday during the Christmas gift-giving activity spearheaded by first district Rep. Celso Lobregat.