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PIA Press Release

Alay Lakad preparations on

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (8 November) -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said preparations are underway for the Alay-Lakad, an activity which has been duly recognized by the government through Proclamation No. 168 declaring every 1st Sunday of September as "Alay Lakad para sa Kabataan day."

In a meeting held yesterday (Tuesday) at the DSWD boardroom, Director Jabagat explained that the government, in coordination with other stakeholders in both government and non-government organizations and the Alay Lakad Foundation Inc. has been holding an annual walk.

The annual Alay-Lakad is a signature fund-raising of the foundation which engages the collaboration of government agencies and non-government organizations to plan and implement the walk.

For the past 30 years now, Alay Lakad has proven to be an effective scheme in promoting the development of the needy and underprivileged youth.

All these years, people from all walks of life annually gathered together nationwide to step forward and be counted in an activity manifesting a continuing concern for the welfare of the Filipino youth, especially the out-of-school youth.

For Davao City, the walk is scheduled on the 1st week of December 2006 in consonance with the celebration of the Linggo ng Kabataan.

The DSWD, as the lead agency, is implementing the activity and the Rotary Club of Davao as the chair for this year.

An accreditation to the Alay Lakad Foundation through the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) is now going on to effectively access its programs and services for the benefit of out-of-school and other disadvantaged sectors of society.

To fully complete the accreditation process, it requires at least 10 member agencies and set of officers.

For more details, contact Ms. Cecil J. Lomboy at telephone number (082) 227 8746 (local) 223. (PIA-XI) [top]

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