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Regional director Minda B. Brigoli, leads the ribbon cutting ceremony during the inauguration of the Administrative Building

Butuan City – Two (2) buildings intended for Administrative and Productivity were inaugurated at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga’s Home for Girls, this city on October 16,2015.

The occasion was graced by regional director Minda B. Brigoli together with the members of the Field Office’s Regional Management Development Committee (RMDC) members.

Also present during the inauguration of the buildings are friends of the center which are the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), PNP-Dental, Doctor volunteers from the Agusan Norte Provincial and Butuan Doctors’ Hospitals, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Weegols, and Equi-Parco.

In her message, Director Brigoli emphasized the usefulness of the buildings most especially in the operations of the center for the residents’ rehabilitation and also in accordance with the required standard facilities for the center’s accreditation.

Fe Saumat, Center head,  said that the Administrative building will be utilized by the DSWD staff assigned in the Home for Girls and it is where the pertinent documents and files of the center will be secured.

“The Productivity building will be utilized by the residents to perform their livelihood skills training and projects like cooking, bread making, beads crafting, and others. The same building will serve as display area of their livelihood services’ outputs/products.” Saumat added.

Home for Girls (HFG) is a residential institution of DSWD that provides protection, care, treatment, and rehabilitation to abused and exploited girls below 18 years old.

Presently, the said center in Caraga is temporarily providing shelter to 27 residents whose cases ranges from sexually abused and exploited, abandoned, children at risk, Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL), Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC), and victims of illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons.

From January 2015 until today, the HFG served 61 clients/residents with 25 discharged and reintegrated to their families and relatives while 9 leave without permission, and 16 rehabilitated. ###(Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)