DAGUPAN CITY – The city, in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), has launched the program Sustainable Development Goals Family-based Actions for Children and their Environs (SDG FACES) in the slums focusing on the lives of 20 girls and 20 boys in Barangay Calmay, all  from 40 urban poor households.


Following the launching of the program, a covenant signing took place among  families who promised to collectively work together with all their capabilities to achieve the eight Family Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely “Aking Pamilya, May Trabaho May Impok Pa”, “Lahat ng Anak Nag-aaral”, “Lalaki at Babae Pantay ang Karapatan”, “Sanggol na Malusog, Minimithi ng Lubos”, “Ligtas na Buntis, Laging Isaisip”, “Iwasan HIV/AIDS at Nakakahawang Sakit, Nakamamatay”, “Sariling Tahanan at Kapaligiran, Laging Alagaan”, and “Aking Pamilya ay Kabahagi sa Samahang Aming Pinili”.


Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, along with DILG City Director Rhoderick M. Dawis, Barangay Calmay Punong Barangay Evangelita dela Cruz, City Social Welfare and Development Office head Leah L. Aquino, City Agriculture head Emma J. Molina, City Nutrition Officer Ana Mariel Lopez, and the barangay officials, led the launching as well as the signing of the covenant with the project beneficiaries.


Fernandez encouraged the parents of the children to send their children to school and assured them of the city’s assistance by providing livelihood project to them, among others.


The mayor said that if the program succeeds, she will replicate this in other barangays and provide a slot for additional 40 for Calmay Ilokano and Calmay Pangasinan.


“Providing education for our children is one of our priorities in our administration and we are sending at least 750 scholars to college because we would like them to have a good future. Hindi masama ang mangarap and we will support our children fulfill their dreams,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Oct. 20, 2017)