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Friday, March 18, 2016

Naga City Children’s Home turns 3

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, March 18 (PIA) --- True to its inclusive governance, this city showed that everyone, even lost and abandoned children, are included in its development agenda.

The birth of the Naga City Children’s Home (NCCH) is a testimony of upholding this commitment and a validation of the city government’s pledge to protect, nurture and ensure that they too, will have a share of the opportunity that every child is entitled to.

Naga City Mayor John Bongat, in his message during the celebration of NCCH’s 3rd Anniversary yesterday, reiterated that the city government is determined to save these unfortunate children from hopelessness and incorrigible situation by giving them education and providing them opportunity for a better life and a better future.

“When we say that we are pro-children, when we say that we should take care of them who need the help and assistance of the local government, we mean what we say,” Bongat added.

The Chief Executive also shared that in spite of the big spending that the city will put into the NCCH, he believes that every penny would be worth its cost.  

“The operational expenses for their maintenance ran into millions of pesos every year for food and for their education. Yet in return, what we got is an assurance that the future of these children will not be destroyed. For every life that we save, for every child that we save, we are actually saving millions of pesos, because their lives will not be destroyed and they will have good education.”

NCCH was founded in 2013 at Barangay Pacol, this city to serve as refuge for abandoned and abused children and a temporary haven for those children who are in conflict with the law. It is being manned by social workers, a parent, a caretaker and security guards to ensure the safety of its occupants.

Just a year ago, two children beneficiaries graduated from Grade 6 and are now performing well as Grade 7 students at Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS), also here in Naga City.

City Councilor Elmer Baldemoro, Chair of the Naga City Council for the Welfare and Protection of Children (NCCWPC), said he was grateful for all the donors and benefactors who shared the city’s vision of helping these unfortunate kids shape a better future.

“This is something big – that we help these homeless, abandoned and neglected children to have a second home here at NCCH. Thus, we continually support the NCCH to let the children feel that they are part of the society and that they are truly loved and cared for,” Baldemoro stated. (mal/LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/861458255835/naga-city-children-s-home-turns-3#sthash.c31TuVtD.dpuf

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