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Eight poor families to benefit from  city gov’t, LC project

TO uplift the living conditions of street families, the city government of Cagayan de Oro and Lourdes College will collaborate in the adoption of eight street-dweller families for a focused case management project.

This, after the 18th City Council during its regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy authorized City Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the purpose.

Lourdes College, through its Social Work Program Community Extension Service, aims to adopt at least eight street families in order to improve their social functioning and enable them to become productive members of society, The Power learned.

During the recent meeting of the committee on social services chaired by Councilor Reuben R. Daba, a representative of Lourdes College said the proposal is a social work course which the school considers as an imperative part of social responsibility to always give back to what is due to the community. “It is part of the outreach efforts of the social work teachers and students of Lourdes College,” she said.

Under the MOA, Lourdes College shall provide needed resources such as venue, food, resource persons and other material assistance needed in the conduct of identified intervention activities, coordinate with CSWD office in-charge in the conduct of interviews, home visits, profiling, assessment and intervention or other support services as part of the case management of the targeted street families, among others.

For its part, the city shall provide a focal person who will assist students in the conduct of collaborative interventions, provide transportation and other support to students and the beneficiaries for the success of the activities.

The city shall, likewise, provide input to students assigned to help in the case management of the targeted families, provide financial assistance if needed in the conduct of intervention activities; provide conducive venue for the conduct of intervention activities; and coordinate with other agencies for resource sharing that may further support the activities.

The MOA was endorsed by the committees on social services and on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Daba and Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, respectively. (JBD)

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