MAKATI STREETKIDS HAVE A NEW HOME

Makati City, July 13, 2003 (STAR) Streetchildren and child abuse victims in Makati City will be taken care of in a new drop-in center and halfway house called the “Social Development Center.”

The three-story building is located on Malolos and Barasoain streets in Barangay Tejeros and will also serve as a venue for values education seminars, livelihood and skills training, and other development projects that will let children recover from their traumatic experiences.

To operate under the Makati Social Welfare Department (SWD), the center will be opened next week. It is also aimed at enhancing the lives of streetchildren and turning them into productive members of the community.

Mayor Jejomar C. Binay said the center and its facilities cost R7.5 million, with about R4 million shouldered by the city government, and the rest subsidized by the Street Children Nutrition and Education Project and jointly undertaken by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Australian Agency for International Development.

Once operational, the center will have on its ground floor a reception area, a Day-Care and livelihood training center, the office, and conference room.

The city’s SWD chief, Marjorie de Veyra, said the second floor will serve as sleeping quarters for the children, and the third as a multi-purpose hall.

The center was first planned under the administration of then Mayor Elenita S. Binay, in line with the role of the city government in the implementation of the project for the welfare of hundreds of Makati streetchildren. (Felix Mediavillo)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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