“Dreams Do Come True…”
By CATHERINE JANZ R. SICOY, KIMRO
May 24, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Social Development Center for street children has already
opened its doors to the less fortunate children of this city. A home
for less privileged and needy street youngsters is now proudly
standing in the once vacant lot at Barangay 108, Tagpuro,
“I call this Center a
‘house of friendship’ because I believe that it is the best instrument
for all of us to be together”, Mrs. Baltazar, City Social Welfare and
Development officer, earnestly stated during her opening statement in
the inauguration of the Center. “Indeed, this undertaking is not an
effort of one but of many individuals and other organizations who
believe in what the establishment can do for the welfare of the street
children in the city”, she further added.
The event started with
a holy mass led Rev. Romeo Obach, CSSR. Among the honored guests were
Hon. Alfredo T. Romualdez represented by Mr. Bertulfo Raquel
(Executive Assistant Officer); different department heads and
employees; lot donors, Mrs. Silvina Cordero Vda de Osuyos and Mr.
Beinvinido Osuyos; together with volunteers from he Philippine
Association of Social Workers-Tacloban Chapter, Volunteers for the
Visayan, Streetlight Philippines (a Norway-based organization) and
other NGOs and GOs who in one or the other contributed to the
establishment of this shelter.
anticipation was evident in the faces of the children as they sat
along with other honored guests and visitors of the event. Robert
Trinidad, 15 years old, was picked-up along the port’s area of the
city, shyly disclosed that he has been in the streets for eight long
years now. The boy openly said that he was grateful to all the people
who have made this project possible. Another girl, Jocelyn de la
Cruz, 13 years old, who have been wandering the streets for almost six
years now, simply said “thank you”, a short word but meaningful
“I am very happy, in
my heart I want to help all of them. It is my hope that these children
will have all the help they need. ”, Mrs Silvina Osuyos tearfully
stated. Her son, Mr. Beinvinido Osuyos shares the happiness of her
mother in helping these poor youngsters.
children, 5 of them girls will inhabit the Center. As part of the
program, they will be provided with psychosocial and educational
assistance to help them emerge as productive and better citizens of
Finally, as the Hon.
Alfredo T. Romualdez would have said, “this undertaking will help
ensure a purposeful and meaningful life to these poor ones”.