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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012


SOS Children's Village in Calbayog says 'Salamat po' award is a gift

by Ninfa B Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, January 25 (PIA)-- SOS Village, Calbayog City Director Emily Torculas said that she feels elated that the SOS Children’s Village has been recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) .

SOS Calbayog City, along with Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) beneficiaries from Calbiga Samar, are two national awardees during the anniversary of the DSWD.

It was DSWD Region 8 Director Leticia Diokno who identified the awardees.

The SOS Children’s Village of Calbayog City was awarded as Best NGO under the Salamat Po Award and LGU Calbiga in the province of Samar for its model SEA-K KABAYAN or the SEA-K Level II livelihood program implementation, under the GAPAS award.

SOS Children’s village in Calbayog City is an NGO committed to a long term family care and education to orphaned, abandoned and neglected children.

“We are happy that our effort in building a loving home for every child has been recognized nationwide though we have eight villages all over the Philippines,” Torculas told PIA in an interview.

“It is indeed a gift as we are preparing to celebrate SOS Children's Village Calbayog 40th Foundation Day Anniversary this year,” she added.

Calbayog SOS Village has presently some 130 children under their Family Based Care program and 814 Children in 239 families under our Family Strengthening Program.

Awarding is scheduled on January 26, Thursday at the DSWD central office in Manila. (PIA 8-Samar)

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