Women in Power Inaugurate Children's Haven in Alabang

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Women in Power Inaugurate Children's Haven in Alabang


After only 16 months since its launch, The Haven for Children, a project of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI), is now on its final stage of completion.

It is a second major victory for the Congressional Spouses since CSFI built the Haven for Women in the mid 1990s with a 9 building complex and 15 completed regional centers that have already treated and integrated back to society more than 6,000 raped and abused women nationwide.

This time, the congressional spouses, supported by Speaker Jose De Venecia, inaugurated recently a rehabilitation center and home for Metro Manilas drug abused streetchildren.

The inauguration coincided with the birthday of CSFI president Manay Gina de Venecia.

In lieu of gifts, Manay Gina requested her wellwishers to give donations to the CSFI instead for The Haven for Children.

Manay Gina invited all her friends in the government, and in political, diplomatic, social, and entertainment circles to give donations for the completion of the center.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her predecessor, former president Corazon Aquino, came in full force braving the intense heat that came with the sunny weather.

President Arroyo delivered a touching speech citing the contributions of Speaker De Venecia to her administration, and also spoke appreciatively of Manay Gina as the Speakers secret weapon in achieving his goals, a sentiment shared by the couples many friends.

Former president Aquino was in the same place as Rep. Imee Marcos, while former Ilocos Norte governor

Chavit Singson was near with the Mares of Sen. Loi Ejercito-Estrada.

The wifes and husbands who comprise the CSFI came with their legislator-spouses in tow to support the cause.

Other guests were Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando, Environment Sec. Heherson Alvarez, Presidential Adviser Gloria Tan Climaco, DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman, ambassadors and diplomats, friends from the Catholic Church, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Islamic faith, Jesus Is Lord founder, Bro. Eddie Villanueva and wife, Sis. …

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