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Feature: Partners for haven for the elderly

Lucena City (3 June) -- In preparation for the transfer and full operation of the Haven for the Elderly (HE) in Brgy Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal, the Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conducted a forum in building partnership with different organizations within the locality.

A total of eleven (11) local organizations attended the forum and were invited to a partnership for the implementation of programs and services for the abandoned and neglected older persons who are 60 years old and above.

DSWD Undersecretary for Operations and Capability Building Celia C. Yangco thanked the participants for attending the forum. She also stressed that the problem of the abandoned and neglected older a concern of each one and that each one has a stake or is a stakeholder in response to the needs of the said sector.

Lola Juliana Vicente, one of the current residents of GA, related to the participants their current condition at the GA and advocated to them to support the residents like her. "Para po sa aming mga matatandang ngayon nasa Golden Acres at malilipat na dito sa Tanay, napalaking bagay po ang makatanggap at makaramdam ng tulong at supporta mula sa ibang tao lalo na at kaming mga naiwanan ng pamilya."

"In as much as the Department especially of Field Office is prepared to provide residential care to the would be residents of Haven for the Elderly, the assistance that you would provide are necessary and most welcome especially in terms of personal interaction which for the older are invaluable," said Dir Honorita B. Bayudan of DSWD Field Office IV-A.

Dir Thelsa P. Biolena of DSWD National Capital Region Field Office presented to the participants the current programs and services at Golden Acres and the profile of the residents.

At present, only two of the 14 cottages had been completely constructed. The construction of remaining 12 other cottages is on-going and targeted to be completed by June 30, 2009. The immediate clients of HE are the more than 200 residents of Golden Acres in Brgy Bagong Bantay, Quezon City.

Dir Bayudan invited the participants to a partnership in the provision of services along the following areas: rehabilitation and reintegration of older persons, mobilization of resources, resource sharing and technical expertise, menu planning, faith strengthening and value orientation. Dir Bayudan added that the partnership being encourage is that of mutual benefit and would help the partners respond to a particular need of their own such as placement for students needing on-the-job training or experience, venue for outreach programs and disposal of used or excess materials.

Among stakeholders present Mr. Leighton Chu of St Peter's Chapel and Mr Adrian Duque of 5-EA Training and Development Center immediately expressed willingness to enter into a partnership. Other stakeholders present during the activity are the Senior Citizen's Federation - CALABARZON, the Senior Citizens Association - Tanay and Sampaloc Chapters, st jude Lying-in clinic, the Parish Pastoral Council of St Jude Thadeus - Sampaloc, the Christian Women's League - Sampaloc, the Sampaloc Brgy Council headed by Chairman Edilberto Niones, the Municipal Agrarian Office represented by Ms. Emma Martinez and the Rizal Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Ms Evelyn Zapanta. (PIA) [top]

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