'CRADLE TO GRAVE' AID FOR POOR QUEZON CITY RESIDENTS

QUEZON CITY, September 16, 2003 (STAR) The Quezon City government is adopting a "cradle to grave" program for the poor to provide assistance to newborns, growing children and senior citizens.

Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said the "cradle to grave" program includes the setting up of day care centers, improvement of family welfare and child welfare programs, renovation of the Molave Youth center and providing opportunities for senior citizens.

Under the day care program, the mayor said, the city government is implementing a feeding campaign for three to five year olds at the 205 day care centers. At the same time, 14,000 children have been given free school bags and school supplies.

"Quezon City is the first local government unit to institutionalize the position of day care workers. They are no longer volunteers, they now occupy permanent or contractual positions in our Social Service and Development Department (SSDD) plantilla," Belmonte said.

For family welfare, the city government has assisted 18,148 residents through parent effectiveness seminars, solo parent service, marriage counseling, and family case work.

For child welfare, the city government has implemented the early childhood education progress program as well as intervention for abused children. At least 27,778 individuals have received assistance in the first six months of the year.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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