SDC kids get new girls’ dorm PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:30

The over 50 wards at the Social Development Center (SDC) Monday afternoon sang, danced, clapped hands and chanted “muchas gracias Mayor Celso con el nuebo building” to demonstrate profound gratitude to the City Government for constantly supporting their needs.

This, as Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Councilor VP Elago and Councilor-elect BG Guingona turned over to the SDC management and staff through the City Social Welfare and Development Office the P3.5 million girls’ dormitory located at the back of the main SDC building in Zone IV.

The ceremony also coincided with the inauguration and turnover of another facility—the rehabilitated and improved Women Crisis Center worth P752T, just beside the SDC main building.

“Muchas gracias gayot Mayor Celso, con el nuebo building (Thank you very much, Mayor Celso for the new building),” the children chanted in unison after the mayor handed over the symbolic key to CSWDO OIC Evelyn Las Marias and eventually to Asda Lim, SDC head. The symbolic key for the Women Crisis Center was handed over to WCC head Carmen Luna.

The kids also presented a dance number and enthusiastically participated in the singing of city hymn and other entertainment numbers evidently to show gratitude for the new facility that is expected to improve their plight.

The newly-constructed building will be for the exclusive use of girl-wards. It can accommodate as 40 clients. Of the over 50 wards housed at the SDC at present, 10 are females.

Since 2007, when the City’s finances have been improved, Mayor Lobregat initiated the improvements at the compound that houses the SDC and the WCC which used to be the headquarters of the Patrol 117 and later a stock room before its operation in 2008. The WCC had to undergo repairs before it became fully operational.

The SDC, a project initiated during the term of the late mother Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID), was hit by fire in 2011 that required its rehabilitation. It was in October 2012 when the rehabilitated SDC building.

Six afters, now in 2013, the city constructed another building to be used as girls’ dormitory and rehabilitated the WCC.

“We are doing everything possible so your plight will be improved”, Lobregat told the clients. “This is a show of our concern and love for the children—the neglected and abandoned.”

Also present during the turnover ceremony were City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos, City Engineer Luis Despalo, DSWD representatives, CSWDO staff and numerous others.

The newly-constructed building will be exclusively for girls. It can accommodate as much as 40 clients at one time.  — Sheila Covarrubias