Puericulture conducts gift giving for Hariraya PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:10

Fifty Muslim families have benefited from a gift giving activity by the Zamboanga Puericulture Center in celebration of the Hari Raya last Monday.

The beneficiaries of the gift giving came from Barangay Zone 2 which is the host barangay of the ZPC.

These beneficiaries received rice, noodles, canned goods, and they were also given snacks before the gift giving started.

“Ya ase kame coneste na celebrasyon de Hari Raya kay manada pobre hermano y hermana vecinos ta mira sila el los demas tiene alegria kay Hari Raya sila nohay. Ya encabesa este si Dr. Agbulos el Presidente para pwede reparti el gracia,” Janet Rivera, ZPC Vice President said in an interview.

She said that this will now be done yearly by the ZPC in solidarity with the tradition of the Muslims.

ZPC will celebrate it’s 100th year anniversary on October 3, 2017. The center has some 115 employees coming from the Zamboanga Maternity Lying-In Hospital, the Zamboanga Puericulture School, the Livelihood Complex, and the Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine.

ZPC had its humble beginnings in 1921 when a group of women of the Zamboanga Women’s Club took it upon themselves to help provide maternal and child health care to the indigent members of the community.

This encouraged Dr. Eusebio Aguilar and Dr. Celedonio Enriquez to help organize what was then known as the Centro de Puericultura de Zamboanga.

The Center then started to solicit donations of cash, medicines, and medical supplies which were used in operating a clinic within a carpenter’s building located at the Sunken Garden.

The clinic served the needs of mostly indigent mothers and children.

In 1955, the seventh President of the Philippines, Ramon Magsaysay signed Proclamation 121 Series of 1955 designating a property along La Purisima corner Pura Brillantes Streets for the use of the Center.

In 1978, a nursery school was opened with an initial population of twenty five students. In 1982, barbeque stalls were allowed to operate within the Center’s compound in order to provide livelihood opportunities to its members where at present there are 40 stalls.

Through the years, the Center has grown to what it is today. ZPC is a non-stock, non-profit NGO duly registered with the Security and Exchange Commission and operates the Zamboanga Maternity Lying-In Hospital, Zamboanga Puericulture School, the Livelihood Complex, and Zamboanga Puericulture School of Allied Medicine located at Estrada Street, Tetuan.

Under the leadership of Agbulos together with the members of the Board of Trustees, ZPC continues its mission of providing quality maternal and child health care, excellent elementary and vocational education, and livelihood opportunities to its members and the people of the City of Zamboanga. (R.G. A A. Go)