Mayor Sara Brings Cheers to Marikina Children, Mothers

PIO Department


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Mayor Sara Duterte, through her Pagbabago program, brought cheers to Marikina’s school children and their mothers on Wednesday as her office distributed school bags and wellness kits during an event held in Teatro Marikina.

Davao City Administrator Zuleika Lopez helped distribute the bags containing school supplies as well as medicines on behalf of Mayor Sara, who was not able to make it to Marikina City on June 27 to sign the sisterhood agreement between the two cities. Mayor Sara had to stay in Davao to attend to the needs of her child who was sick.

“Aside from the school bags and school supplies for the kids, we also have a gift for mommies because Mayor Sara believes we have to empower women as a mother by planning for their family,” said Zuleika in a short message during the event.

Around 477 children and 477 mothers attended the event, which also served as the launching of the Pagbabago program in Marikina City and marked the start of better relationship between the two cities after signing the sisterhood agreement.

The bags for the children and their mothers also contained a letter from Mayor Sara. In a letter to moms, Mayor Sara advised the mothers to plan how many children they will have so that they can bring their children up better, send them to school and finance their education until they finish college so that they will have a bright future.

“Planuhin dapat kung ilan ang magiging anak. Palakihin sila ng maayos at mapagtapos sa college para mapaganda ang kanilang buhay,” said Zuleika. “Dapat kumonsolta sa doctor kung ano ang tamang birth control method.”

Mayor Marcy Teodoro, for his part, said Davao City Government's programs for maternal and child health care and education are also what his administration aims for in Marikina.

"Si Mayor Sara po ay may movement that will be launched later this morning. Iyong Pagbabago Movement. Dito sa Marikina, natutuwa kami kasi ang mga ito rin ang nakikita naming areas of concern. Lalo na po iyong maternal and child healthcare and public education," Mayor Marcy said in a speech at the signing ceremony of the sisterhood agreement.

Since he became Mayor of of the city two years ago, Mayor Marcy has worked for the granting of free tuition fee to Marikina residents studying at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, built school buildings, distributed free school bags and school supplies to students, among other programs aimed at ensuring bigger access to education for Marikenos.

Meanwhile, the bags distributed to moms from Mayor Sara's Pagbabago program are known as “Women’s Health and Wellness Kit,” which aims to encourage mothers to avail of reproductive services and to take care of their own health.

Launched in December 2017 in Davao City, the Pagbabago program has a number of components including education and responsible parenthood.

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