DSWD opens ‘Bahay Silungan’ in Bukidnon

Published August 28, 2021, 9:43 AM

by Philippine News Agency

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 10 (Northern Mindanao) has opened the country’s first facility that serves as a temporary shelter and a learning space for less-privileged families.

In an interview Friday, August 27, Oliver Inodeo, DSWD-10 spokesperson, said the newly opened “Bahay Silungan” located in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, is the first and only temporary home and learning center in the country that caters to the needs of street children and street families where they will receive social services from the agency towards their recovery and reintegration into the society.

“Inside the training center, they will be given life skills as part of the reintegration process to (mainstream society). They will be referred to the other agencies for the education of children and possible employment after earning an education,” he said.

The facility, he added, was constructed in 2019 and completed in 2021, including the purchase of furniture and other fixtures.

The Bahay Silungan, which can accommodate more than five families and 60 street children, has family rooms, dormitories, kitchen, counseling area, clinic, activity area, and other recreational amenities.