The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) extended its corporate social responsibility at My Home last May 28. This was revealed by Marirose D. Lopez, Social Work Officer IV of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), who attended the event with PSWDO Consultant Rosalinda Jao.
My Home is the Province’s facility for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) located at Tayud, Consolacion.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, co-chairperson of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children and the chairperson of the Provincial Committee on Family, Women and Minors, was at the Halad Alang Kang Lolo ug Lola in the City of Naga at the time of the BSP’s CSR event
BSP Director Atty. Leonides Sumbi and her staff handed out school supplies and food, including rice, noodles, sardines, sugar, catsup and eggs to the 17 wards of My Home.
Badminton sets, basketballs and volleyballs were also handed over. A formal program prepared by the My Home staff preceded the turnover with the children providing musical intermission numbers.
The Province started operating the facility on January 15 after it was turned over by non-government organization Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation-Integrated Development Center, Inc. (JPIC-IDC). JPIC operated My Home for three years. Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Magpale attended the formal turnover of the center to the Capitol.
The center started as a project of the Society of the Divine Word priests in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which provided the lot for the two-storey building.
To maintain the center as a house of compassion, generosity, love and support for the CICLs, the PSWDO allocated a P6 million budget for 2015. This covers expenses for supplies, maintenance, salary of five house parents and an administrator, among others. A social worker from PSWDO visits the center regularly.
The center has a therapy room, counseling room, activity area, clinic and three large rooms for special functions.
From 26, My Home now has only 17 children coming from the different municipalities and cities in the province under its care. The rest had been reintegrated to their respective communities.
Some of the 17 children are enrolled either at the Consolacion Elementary School or at the Consolacion National High School while a few are in the Alternative Learning System. The house parents take charge in bringing the children to school and back to the center.
Breakaways are minimized by constant coordination with the Tayud barangay officials for further monitoring. Furthermore, the compassion from the center’s staff make the children feel at home while inside the center. (Roger Serna with report of Lee dela Cerna / PIO)