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Misamis Occidental town receives P2.5-M for youth home

by Charmaine P. Tadlas

Cagayan de Oro City (17 February) -- Tudela town, in the province of Misamis Occidental, has recently received P2.5 Million for the construction of Bahay Pag-asa, a facility that provides temporary care for children who were apprehended and released by the law enforcers but could not be returned to their family due to absence of child's family, difficulty to locate child's family, the incapacity of the child's parents to provide proper protection for the child, or the risky and hazardous environment where the child and his or her family lives.

The amount for construction for the facility came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD in region 10, Bahay Pag-asa is going to provide protection and immediate social services to the disadvantaged child in a safe and home-like environment.

"The facility will also give each child opportunities for physical, emotional, spiritual, and technical/vocational skills development," she added.

The primary beneficiaries of Bahay Pag-asa are those children aged 15 years old and below, who was alleged to have committed heinous crime; 16 to 18 years old, who come in conflict with the law, have no parent or relatives to come home to while assessment of discernment is being undertaken; and those who are abused, neglected and exploited by parents or relative who are unemployed, irresponsible, with very low parental skills, or with serious behavioural problems.

On February 12, 2010, a ground-breaking ceremony was held in Basirang, Tudela, where Bahay Pag-asa will be constructed. The ceremony was graced by DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma B. Cabrera. (DSWD 10) [top]

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