More children seek refuge at Kasanag Drop-in Center
By Neela G. Duallo
City of Mati (22 September) -- Cognizant of the fact that parents are truly responsible for their children, City of Mati Social Welfare and Dev't Office is eyeing effective parenting to minimize the number of street children seeking refuge at Kasanag Drop-In Center.
Mrs. Virgie Almaida, Social Welfare Officer 1V, admitted that there is an increasing number of children now seeking refuge in their Kasanag Drop-in Center.
"But others are from other municipalities, particularly from District 1 of the province. And most of these children came from broken families", Almaida revealed.
Said children range from six to 15 years old.
With the noted increase of street children now finding home in the Center, the Social Welfare and Dev't Office is focusing to strengthen its course on effective parenting.
"We are inviting the parents of the children for the sessions. But more often than not, it's usually the mothers who are attending. But it would have been better if the fathers are coming also because most abuses in the family are usually committed by the fathers", Almaida explained.
Some children have already stayed long in the Kasanag Drop-In Center.
"There are some who are here for the past six months. As such, we are able to educate them", she furthered.
Giving basic lessons to the children are the six house parents, two of whom were former day care workers.
Almaida boasted that the children increased their literacy with the tutorial sessions given by the house parents.
However, she admitted that they are now facing financial constraints.
"We must understand that we have to provide their basic needs, particularly food. But I thank our social workers because they are indeed, very good in resources generation, so we still manage to survive despite all the limitations", she added.
The Kasanag Drop-In Center started its operation on Dec. 1, 2004. (DXHM-Mati/PIA XI) [top]