Magpale hopes programs for women, children will continue under new administration
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The operation of the home for children in conflict with the law (CICL) and development center for women in Cebu City are among the programs that outgoing Vice Governor Agnes Magpale hopes the new administration will continue to implement.
Magpale, chairperson of the Provincial Council for Women and Children (PCWC), said the two centers are testaments to how far the provincial government have gone with its efforts to empower women and children.
Cebu province is running a development center for women in Barangay Lahug in Cebu City and My Home, a child care facility located in Barangay Tayud, Consolacion intended for CICLs aged 11 to 14-years-old.
“I hope the new executive will not cut that (the support to the development centers). For the longest time, I have been asking for a women and children development center and finally, we already have one,” Magpale said in an interview on Monday, May 27.
Magpale said Cebu is one of the few provinces in the country that operates “very functional centers” intended for CICLs and abused women and children.
“I hope ma-continue na kay we worked hard to have that and it’s not a waste of money. There was no amount of money wasted [on these projects],” the vice governor said.
Magpale said the new administration can review the policies that the PCWC and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) implemented in the operation of the two centers.
“They can check how we run it (My Home). There is no graft and corruption. Even (PSWDO head) Marivic Garces should know because running the centers is under her supervision),” said Magpale.
Magpale will officially end her term as Vice Governor on June 30 and will vacate her post to give way for the assumption of Vice Governor elect and now outgoing Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.
Outgoing Cebu third district Representative and Governor elect Gwendolyn Garcis will take over the post that Davide will also vacate. / celr
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