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Abandoned, abused and neglected children find a place in the sun

Manila (9 December) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead Tuesday the inauguration of the Accelerating Minors Opportunity for Recovery (AMOR) Village in the town of Anao in Tarlac, a world-class facility for children who were abandoned, abused and neglected by their respective families.

The President, who is set to arrive at 4 p.m., will be met by local officials led by Tarlac Gov. Victor Yap and Tarlac 1st District Rep. Monica Prieto-Teodoro.

Immediately upon her arrival, the President will cut the ribbon for the opening of the multi-million village with nine buildings, library, playground, bicycle lane, fishpond and other recreational facilities.

The Chief Executive will also inspect the facilities, particularly the dormitory building that will serve as temporary home for children with special needs.

After the inspection, she will witness the turnover of the AMOR Village to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Secretary Esperanza Cabral for the maintenance and operation of the said facility.

The village will be managed and run by the DSWD Region III in collaboration with the Tarlac provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

It will primarily serve abandoned, abused and neglected children aged one month to 16 years, both male and female.

For the initial operation of the center, a total of 30 staff will man the center which will offer social, home life, educational, health, psychological/psychiatric, recreational/sports services.

It will also provide livelihood skills development, functional literacy and spiritual/religious activities.

The village was established through the efforts of Rep. Prieto-Teodoro who earmarked P60 million from her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the construction of the village, and another P3 million for the procurement of the 8,000-square meter lot.

Governor Yap, on the other hand, allotted P2 million for the acquisition of the additional 5,000-square meter lot. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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