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Recipients should sense the government’s concern: Gatchalian

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Government compassion should be felt by the people it serves, according to Rex Gatchalian, Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), on Wednesday.

As he checked to see if nine of the DSWD’s 13 centers and residential care facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR) are in good shape and have enough staff to adequately meet their demands, Gatchalian made this remark.

The facilities include the Jose Fabella Center (JFC) in Mandalu, the Bahay Silungan in Quezon City, the Sanctuary Center, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficked-in-Persons (IACAT-TIP) Center, the Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and Other Special Cases (GRACES), the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), the Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop (RSW), and the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC

“If you’re sasagip, then you can’t really expect that your kalinga will be maramdaman. If we are to save, we need to make sure that they (customers) would sense our compassion. Dapat ay sapat at maayos ang titirahan. The residential care facilities ought to be cozy and welcoming, he added.

Gatchalian also praised the diligent staff members who work at the DSWD care facilities while he was there.

He first went to RSCC, a facility for abandoned, abused, and/or neglected children between the ages of 0 and 6.

The maximum capacity of the 59-year-old facility has been lowered from 120 to 30, according to RSCC chief Glenda Derla, as some of its cottages and buildings have been recommended for demolition.

Derla claimed that although funding had been set aside for the center’s refurbishment, work could not yet begin because the title to the lot, which had been donated by previous President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. through a Presidential Decree, had not yet been issued.

To address the RSCC’s concerns, Gatchalian declared he would request a meeting with representatives of the National Housing Authority (NHA) right now.

He also discovered that GRACES, a recently constructed center for elderly people who have been abandoned or neglected, cannot be properly utilized owing to an electrical issue, a concern similarly noticed for the NK center for street children.

Despite having modern buildings and amenities, the staff at the Sanctuary Center for women with special needs complained that they had not received hazard pay. Gatchalian vowed to deal with the issue.

Additionally, Gatchalian learned that the other institutions he visited have their own issues, which he would address in conversation with Monina Josefina Romualdez, director of DSWD-NCR.

On the occasion of the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) hospital’s 40th anniversary of its inception on Monday, the DSWD gave financial aid to patients who were in need. In attendance was President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

The Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation provided PHP10,000 to each of the 160 impoverished hospital patients (AICS).

The AICS also offers medical, funeral, transportation, and educational support to families and individuals in need in addition to financial aid.

A total of 5,336,381 people who were in need of immediate financial assistance in 2022 received it.

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