Sonia E. Ipang, Social Welfare Officer III of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office based in Cagayan de Oro City has just been named as among the recipients of the 2016 Dangal ng Bayan Award.
Ms. Ipang received the award from President Rodrigo Duterte during the awarding ceremony held December 19, 2016 at Malacañang Palace.
Her citation reads as follows:
For her passion and diligence in caring for children in conflict with the law.
Under her watch, the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Gingoog City established the Therapeutic Community, a parenting environment where residents – many of whom are neglected children – are able to express their thoughts and emotions. Residents are also taught to become more responsible through engagement in livelihood opportunities and through activities such as sports fests and educational trips.
She treats them with utmost compassion, care, dignity, and understanding. Many of the residents have been rehabilitated and are now helping marginalized people attain a better future.
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