Cutie turns over new facility for Lihok Filipina Foundation

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Sunday, May 13, 2012


Lourd Emanuel Gelasque, St. Paul SF Intern

A NON-government organization in Cebu City received a multi-purpose livelihood center worth P1 million from the government, through Rep. Rachel “Cutie” Del Mar (Cebu City, north district).

The facility, Bantay Banay Center, which was funded under the Priority Development Assistance Fund of del Mar, was turned over to Lihok Filipina Foundation Inc. in a ceremony yesterday.

The center was named after one of the programs of the foundation, the Bantay Banay program.

Lihok Filipina has been known for Bantay Banay, a community-based program to curb domestic violence.

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The program also provides legal assistance, temporary shelter, counseling and livelihood assistance to victims of rape and child abuse.

Tessie Fernandez, Lihok’s executive director, said she is thankful for the construction of the building as they will now have a venue for the programs and activities that will advance their advocacies on preventing violence against women.

Instead of looking for other places, the center, Fernandez said, will now be used as venue for their programs and projects, including livelihood trainings and seminars for battered women.

The P1-million fund covered only Phase 1 of the project, which included the roof and the center’s foundation.

The foundation still needs more funds to finish the three-story building.

Asked how much money they needed to finish the building, Fernandez said, they have not determined the specific amount yet.

Del Mar, who was present during the turnover ceremony, assured to provide more funds for the project.

“This is to help the women and the people in the City of Cebu. We will be with you, for you, always in your fight in the violence against women,” she said in speaking before the members of the foundation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 13, 2012.

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