The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 10 (Northern Mindanao) has opened the country’s first temporary shelter and learning facility for less fortunate families.
The newly opened “Bahay Silungan” in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, according to Oliver Inodeo, DSWD-10 spokesperson, is the country’s first and only temporary home and learning center that caters to the needs of street children and street families, where they will receive social services from the agency towards their recovery and reintegration into society.
“Inside the training center, they will be given life skills as part of the reintegration process to (mainstream society). They will be referred to the other agencies for the education of children and possible employment after earning an education,” he said.
He stated that the building was built in 2019 and will be finished in 2021, including the procurement of furniture and other furnishings.
Family rooms, dormitories, kitchen, counseling area, clinic, activity area, and other recreational amenities are available at the Bahay Silungan, which can accommodate more than five families and 60 street children.
The development of residential care, according to DSWD-10 Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga, is the agency’s principal role in combating child abandonment, neglect, and abuse.
Dollaga stated that the Bahay Silungan would be a safe haven for care and a transit point for families and street dwellers in need of special protection during emergencies.
The inauguration ceremony of the Bahay Silungan, which was also attended by various dignitaries, was headed by DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan, who was representing Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista.