Celso unveils repaired SDC for orphaned kids PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 October 2012 16:44

True to his concern for the protection of children from any and all forms of abuses, Mayor Celso Lobregat together with other city officials unveiled yesterday the newly rehabilitated Social Development Center (SDC) for the abandoned and orphaned children at Zone 4, this city.

Undertaken by JRBT Construction, the center’s rehabilitation cost the city government P1.7 million , bringing to P102.4 million worth of various projects that Lobregat’s administration has implemented at Zone 4.

The SDC is presently the temporary home to 70 abandoned children (male and female). However, part of the center was destroyed by fire sometime last year, thus the rehabilitation was undertaken.

“We are formally reopening the SDC today after this was hit by fire October 21 last year and rehabilitated. This provides temporary shelter to abandoned children and very soon we will be coming back here to break ground another building costing about P3.5 million to serve as exclusive quarter for female wards and as a mess hall,” Lobregat said.

While the rehabilitation was being undertaken, the SDC wards were temporarily housed at the Boy Scouts Regional Center building in Pasonanca.

Lobregat likewise urged City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo, whose office manages the SDC to enjoin the wards to make proper use and to take good care of the building.

The SDC was a project initiated during the term of the Mayor Lobregat’s late mother Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID).

Present during the inauguration were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Nonong Guingona with nephew BG Guingona, Percival Ramos, Gerky Valesco, Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar together with City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo and City Engineer Luis Despalo. — Vic Larato