La Trinidad, Benguet – On Friday, November 11, 2016, seven children entered the kingdom of God on earth through the sacrament of baptism as we put the children in God’s care forever.  

 In line with the celebration of the National Children’s Month, the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) commemorated the Children’s Month through a mass baptism of the children residing in the said center.

 As the ceremony commenced, main celebrant Fr. Geraldo Costa reiterated that these children are gifts from the Lord and therefore are not mistakes. He highlighted Proverbs 22:6, “It is our part to train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”, that implies that it is the parents and guardians duty to raise the child with love and care for him not to go astray.

 After the ceremony, video clips of children adopted locally and inter-country were also shown. They also gave their messages of thanks and of new hope. Andrew Kolczynski sang “Already Home by A Great Big World” on video for all the children who are currently lost for them to find their home.

 La Trinidad Mayor Romeo K. Salda, who was also one of the godparents of one the children baptized, shared in his message that he is thankful for the Department’s continuous support  and provision to those in need. He encouraged everybody to help and do the same in their own little ways.

 Engineer Raymond Golez, an adoptive parent, also shared a glimpse of their adoption journey. “The journey might be long but it will be worth the wait. Me and my wife are very happy about giving a child a home to complete our family”, Golez shared.

 A total of one hundred and fifty guests attended the program which consisted of partners from the Local Government Unit, Non-Government Organizations, internal staff, donors, and guests.

 The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) is a 24-hour residential facility that provides social work interventions to children 0-6 years old. It provides protection and rehabilitation services through temporary residential care to neglected, abandoned, abused and exploited children and those with special needs such as children at risk and children who are in need of alternative family care. It is located at Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet. For donations and other inquiries you can reach them at Telefax (074) 422-0946. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Phylein Maria Rosette U. Callangan

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