ANGELES CITY—The Angeles City government has been recognized by the International Justice Mission (IJM) for saving 400 children from the streets
“We are grateful to the IJM for recognizing our efforts to keep children safe, especially those who are in need of a home and protection,” Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said, adding that “this initiative will be continuing to ramp up our goal in prioritizing children,” Lazatin.
The Angeles City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) received the plaque of recognition for its contributions. “IJM acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the work of the CSWDO during the Child Protection Compact Partnership where nearly 400 children were kept safe,” the plaque stated.
Edna Duaso, City Social Welfare and Development officer said the project is in pursuit of the Lazatin administration’s putting premium on the safety and welfare of children.
Duaso said the city-wide rescue operation and saturation drive of the local government is not just directed on children in the streets but also homeless individuals and displaced families.
The rescue operations are being done daily.
Lazatin’s chief adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel are supervising the teams from CSWDO, Gender and Development Office led by Mina Cabiles; Angeles City Tourism Auxiliary headed by Michael Lising; Angeles City Police Office and the Angeles City Women and Children Protection Center conducting the daily rescue operation and saturation drive.
To date, a total of 196 individuals, including 151 minors and 45 adults have been rescued.
As of Oct. 26, 195 individuals were already rescued, given food assistance, and returned with their families around the city and in Porac town, Tarlac province, Mabalacat City, and Nueva Ecija.
To date, four girls and two boys are in the custody centers of the city government — in the Home for the Girls and Bahay Pag-Asa. Meanwhile, one female homeless abandoned elderly was turned over to Bale Pusu, the city’s home for the aged.
It can be recalled that last December 2020, the city conducted the largest rescue operation, rescuing 136 homeless individuals.
The 136 are composed of 93 individuals from displaced families, 12 street kids, 16 homeless badjaos, and 15 mentally-challenged individuals.
Lazatin has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Metro Psych Facility in Pasay and St. Claire Homecare Inc. for the treatment of mentally-ill and physically-ill challenged individuals rescued from the streets, whether they are from Angeles City or not.