Dagupan City Mayor Marc Brian C. Lim (left most) leads the awarding of allowance and certificates of compliance to the 50 beneficiaries of SPPAMC who graduated from the program on June 17, 2022.

“Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa mga bumuo ng isang proyektong SPPAMC, ako po ay nalulugod na napasama ako bilang isa sa mga beneficiary ng proyektong ito dahil natulungan po nila ako financially at nadagdagan po ang aking kaalaman sa paggamit ng tamang family planning at na guide po kami sa tamang pagpapalaki ng aming mga anak,” says Judiah Mae Bernardo, one of the 50 beneficiaries of SPPAMC in the City of Dagupan.

Judiah, together with the other 49 beneficiaries of the Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC) implemented in the city from January-June this year, graduates from the program during the closing ceremony held on June 17, 2022 at the City Library.

“Iyon pong mga nakuha ninyo na mga livelihood opportunities, paraan ng tamang pag-aalaga at pag-aaruga sa inyong mga anak, mga tulong medical, at iyong konting tulong pinansyal o allowance – lahat po iyan ay dahil gusto po naming iparamdam sa inyo, bilang gobyerno ninyo sa lungsod ng Dagupan, na nandito kami para tumulong sa inyo. Iyon ang aming responsibilidad,” Dagupan City Mayor Marc Brian Lim said during the closing ceremony of SPPAMC in the city.

Mayor Lim and Dagupan City Population Officer Malen Bernadette Pilon spearheaded the distribution of allowances and certificates of compliance to the 50 beneficiaries who graduated from the program.

“Hindi dapat nagtatapos ‘yong obligasyon o responsibilidad dahil may closing ceremony tayo ngayon. Ang nais namin ay handa na kayong humarap sa mas maraming hamon ng buhay – moving forward para sa kinabukasan ninyo bilang ina, at kinabukasan ng mga anak ninyo. Iyan po ang nais naming makita, na may naibahagi kami sa inyo o naitulong sa inyo na magagamit ninyo sa mga susunod na buwan o sa mga susunod na taon para mas mapabuti ninyo ang inyong buhay,” Mayor Lim added.

Also in attendance during the closing ceremony were representatives from Maxima Technical and Skills Training Institute, Inc. – Dagupan City, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, City Nutrition Office, Public Employment Service Office, Department of Education Alternative Learning System, Gender and Development Office, and the City Population Office.

SPPAMC is a program crafted by the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that calls all government agencies and its instrumentalities within a locality to ensure preventive and protective social interventions aimed to reduce poverty, inequality, vulnerability to risks, and enhance the social status and rights of the marginalized young mothers and their children.