Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) under the Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KKB) commenced the construction of Building for Women and Children in barangay Taluksangay, Zamboanga City following the groundbreaking ceremony held earlier today.

The construction of the identified sub-project is expected to be completed within 57 working days with a total cost of Php4,000,000.00 which includes training and comfort rooms, activity area  and other basic amenities.

The completion of the facility will serve as venue for gender-based violence and child abuse cases, augmentation to the local health center to accommodate more birth deliveries. It will also serve as a venue for all programs and projects of the Women and Children of this barangay as they look forward to it becoming a center for women and children’s affairs.

Present during the ceremony to represent the LGU was Vice Mayor Rommel Agan, barangay officials led by Hannah M. Nuño and Lilia M. Nuño, BSPMC Chairperson Mohammad Zen N. Johan, community members and Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Narrabelle Z. Bue.

The Regional Program Management Office through RPC Bue commits to extend full support on the implementation as well as in the monitoring of the sub-project.

The LGU also expressed their wholehearted support and commitment to the construction of building for Women and Children and thank the department for the assistance provided. Likewise, congratulates the barangay for being the first recipient of Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project in Zamboanga City.

The community members through BSPMC Chair Johan acknowledged his fellow volunteers and other stakeholders like the teachers and the barangay administrative staff who worked hard for the completion of the requirements, commits to ensure the completion of the sub-project and be there to monitor and assist in the future programs and projects under the facility.

Regarded as the first Kalahi-CIDSS project in the city, they are very grateful to Senator Juan Edgardo Angara for the funding. The community is hopeful that this would not be the only project to be funded by the agency. Hence they would want this to be a model for Zamboanga City especially this is for the Women and Children project.