/ 16 October 2022

CALOOCAN City Mayor Dale Gonzalo ‘Along’ Malapitan launched a ‘Family Day Celebration’ for rescued street children and identified children in conflict with the law at the Amparo Nature Park recently.

The event was held in coordination with the City Social Welfare Development Department.

According to the mayor, the activity aims to provide recreation to children and their families and guide them as they are considered the basic unit of a stronger society.

“Nais natin na maiparamdam sa ating mga kabataan ang kahalagahan ng pamilya, lalo’t ito ang pundasyon ng isang matatag na komunidad. Sa simpleng araw na inilaan natin sa kanila, sana’y nag-enjoy sila sa pakikisalamuha sa kanilang mga kapwa-bata,” Along said.

According to CSWDD Officer-in-charge Roberto Quizon, a total of 70 children who were rescued in the department’s reach out operations, some of whom currently reside in the city’s drop-in center or operated shelters, participated in the recreation, ate snacks, and engaged in swimming activities.

“Kabuuang 70 na kabataan po ang nakilahok sa ating programa. Libre po ang snacks, mayroon din tayong palaro at ang iba po’y nag-swimming pa. Sila po’y galing sa ating drop-in centers at mga shelters sa Tahanang Magpala and Social Development Center sa Brgy 171,” Quizon said.
The department is also set to conduct another ‘Family Day Celebration’ in South Caloocan for street children and their families, as well as for those who are residing in Bahay Pag-asa, on October 20 at Buena Park, Barangay 80.