Celso reaffirms thrust on social services PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013 13:05

District I Congressman Celso Lobregat has reiterated his commitment to social services as he spearheaded together with Mayor Beng Climaco the unveiling of the P1.2M infirmary and isolation rooms at the Home for the Elderly in Talon-talon last Saturday.

Lobregat, said social services which used to be one of his top priorities when he was mayor of the city will continue to be part of his agenda even now that he is the representative of the 1st district.

The one-story infirmary and isolation rooms was initiated and funded by the city government during the term of Lobregat. Construction of the project started late March 2013.

The infirmary and isolation rooms are intended for ailing wards or those with sensitive condition and to prevent contamination of other elderly wards.

“This is to show our continuous concern and care for our elderly sector”, Lobregat said. During his term, various other projects were implemented inside the Home for the Elderly compound—a facility that is managed and supervised by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office.

Mayor Climaco attended the blessing ceremony for the project while Lobregat spearheaded the ribbon-cutting ceremony and assisted by DSWD-9 director Zenaida Arevalo.

During his 9-year term as mayor, Lobregat initiated many projects and programs for the social welfare sector which included the construction of the dormitory for girls at the Social Development Center (SDC), rehabilitation of the Women’s Crisis Center, repair of the main SDC when it was gutted down by fire, construction of the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) centers in Culianan, construction of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) in Pettit Barracks and the construction of 7 elderly centers in strategic locations—Vitali, Curuan, Culianan, Labuan, Ayala, San Roque and Sta. Maria among others.

It was also during the Lobregat term when the social welfare sector received the biggest chunk of the local budget at 34 percent which led to Lobregat’s conferment by the Association of Local Social Welfare and Development Officers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (ALSWDOAPI) as the most outstanding local chief executive for support to social services in 2008, 2009 and 2010 elevating him to the Hall of Fame in 2010.

Meanwhile, Home for the Elderly wards were overjoyed as they received the project through the DSWD representatives. They thanked Lobregat for being consistent in his initiatives aimed to benefit the elderly sector. — Rey Carbonel