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Charismatic community keeps children off Catbalogan streets

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (4 February) -- It has been some days now that Catbalogan streetchildren have been missed by the usual crowd in Catbalogan's business district.

The Divine Love Covenant Community (DLCC) along with PNP, City government of Catbalogan, Barangay Officials and the Samar State University (SSU) has rounded up 15 Catbalogan street children and kept them pretty occupied.

Ms Nida Arosa, the city social welfare and development officer told PIA that the 15 kids ages ranging from 11 to 15 are being holed up at the DLCC center where they are given sessions.

Sessions are from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. On Mondays they attend to spiritual development, Tuesdays talent enhancement, Wednesdays they tackle health and nutrition, Thursdays games and sports courtesy of City PNP while SSU takes care of their literacy classes on Fridays.

"Our objective is to keep them off the streets where they are exposed to all kinds of hazards," said Arosa.

DLCC whose head is Nalding Makalidong coordinated with CSWDO for the planning just for the purpose.

"These kids are not necessarily orphans but the parents sometimes can not control the children, that is why they are scattered in the streets of downtown Catbalogan, " added Arosa.

As the parents' issue also cropped up, they have also lined up sessions for parents.

"The sessions will not last forever though, we will also prepare the parents for their responsibilities," stressed Arosa.

The children are also fed, clothed and given slippers.

"Since the start in early January, the kids really attend their ?classes'," noted Arosa.

Funding comes from DLCC, Catbalogan LGU through Mayor Tekwa Uy and the agencies co-operating with them in the noble project. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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