ANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently signed a Usufruct Agreement with Tuloy Foundation for the use of the Bahay Bata facilities in Barangay Cuayan, as a center for street children.

The agreement which was signed Tuesday, provides exclusive use by Tuloy Foundation of the facilities of the Bahay Bata.

It may also be used to establish, maintain and operate within the premises similar or related businesses or activities in accordance with purposes for which it was incorporated.

Meanwhile, the local government shall exempt the Bahay Bata from all local taxes, imposts, fees and assessments such as real property taxes, business and/or mayor’s permit fees.

"This development will surely go a long way in our commitment to rescue and provide homes for street children, who are often targeted by criminal elements and often used as accomplices by these criminals for petty crimes. With this agreement, we are also ensuring our children’s futures, while improving our city’s peace and order situation," Pamintuan said, who also expressed his gratitude to the foundation.

Until recently, the Bahay Bata was managed by the Rotary Club of Clark Centennial members. However, according to the deed of donation, the organization could no longer manage it, and thus transferred the responsibility, management and operation to Tuloy.

The lot, where the center is located, was donated to the local government in November 16, 2000 by Timog Silangan Development Corporation (TSDC).

The usufruct agreement signing was attended by the mayor, Fr. Rocky Evangelista of Tuloy Foundation, Clark Development Corporation President Atty. Arthur P. Tugade, TSDC President Mario Lazatin and Mrs. Carmen McTavish as representative for Rotary Club of Clark Centennial.

The Angeles Bahay Bata Center is an institution in Central Luzon that seeks to uplift the welfare of "street children". Its mission is to place these children in a safe and caring environment, to give them all the basic necessities of life that any more fortunate child could normally expect and will be given the chance to develop and mature. By giving them an education, psychological support and spiritual guidance, recreational activities and a sense of hope, they have an opportunity to realize their potential, whether it be academically, musically or on the sporting field.

The Center opened on 25th July 2001 and the inauguration ceremony was graciously attended by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The Angeles Bahay Bata Center is patterned on the Don Bosco Tuloy Foundation Inc., a comprehensive rehabilitation program for ‘street children’ in Manila run by Evangelista. The Rotary Club of Clark Centennial has copied this successful formula in operating its own children’s project.

Tuloy Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit corporation based in Muntinlupa City and started by Father Rocky Evangelista in 1993. It is a comprehensive rehabilitation program for ‘street children’ in Manila that has achieved outstanding success and worldwide recognition since its inauguration. The Tuloy Project is designed to help poor and abandoned children to regain self worth and dignity, giving them a chance for a better life; acquire Christian values and habits for a decent, humane and Christian life and; develop the skills and training for self-reliance and integration into society.