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DSWD-FDCI partnership reaches 37 years, inducts new set of officers

DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo expressed gratitude and commendation to the Foundation of Development for Children Incorporated as she inducted its newly elected officers on Tuesday at DSWD 9 Conference hall.

The FDCI that is now under the leadership of the new board president Dr. Victor Liozo, manages the Reception and Study Center for Youth (RSCC) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-9) and gives assistance thru donations from government and non-government agencies including generous individuals to usher refuge and temporary shelter for orphans until their eventual adoption by foster parents.

“Children, who are considered one of the most vulnerable groups, are given preferential attention by the State and DSWD is given a tremendous task to ensure their protection. It is for this reason that DSWD and FDCI joined forces in 1979 to establishment the Reception and Study Center for Children. Through the years, the solid partnership of these two organizations contributed to the development and successes of our children.” Solamillo said in her message.

Newly elected officers include Nida Tan as the Vice President, Mrs. Rufina Cruz, Secretary, Ma. Corazon Motomal as Treasurer and Dr. Ma. Cecilia May Gonzales as Asst. Treasurer. Meanwhile Mr. Atilano Alaba is elected Auditor while Ms. Lulu Gerolaga is the PIO. The member of the board includes Dra. Milagros Fernandez, Atty. Dorothy Cajayon, Councilor Myra Abubakar, Ms. Jhoy Liong, Ms. Tranquilina Raz, Mr. Edwin Caliolio and Ms. Gloria Abendan. The former president Engr. Efren Arañez is now serving as the Chairman Emeritus.

Since 1979, the DSWD and FDCI collaborated in providing temporary shelter for neglected, abandoned, abused and orphaned children through the Reception and Study Center for Children. The said institution has assisted thousands of clients, most of whom are now living normal lives. Based on records, over 100 abandoned children are housed year round.###

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