As part of the city’s mission to provide the best and inclusive services to all, the City Government of Valenzuela led by Mayor WES Gatchalian, in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the Housing and Resettlement Office (HRO) formally turned over a fully-furnished housing unit in Disiplina Village Ugong to a Person with Disabilities (PWDs) family on May 9, 2023.
The beneficiary is a PWD family consisting of Mr. Jonady Zapanta, 42 years old, who serves as the head of the household, his sister, Ms. Nelly Zapanta, 32 years old, suffering from Tetra-Amelia Syndrome, and their niece, Ms. Marie Zapanta, 19 years old, suffering from hydrocephalus. The family has been the client of the local government since 2011 and has been seeking financial assistance for their daily neccessities.
Mr. Zapanta, being the head of the household has never been hindered by his own disablity, he continuously worked hard as a beautician in Barangay Dalandanan to be able to support his family. Earning an insufficient amount of PhP 4,000 per month, the family has been struggling to survive their daily lives.
In 2016, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) intervened with the family by providing daily supplies of diapers and milk. Ms. Amelia Gatuz, a homecare volunteer, also provided her services to the family by taking care of Ms. Marie Zapanta.
With the above-mentioned situation of the family, the family was recommended by the CSWDO to receive the utmost social service assistance, and thus the City Government granted a housing unit in Disiplina Village Ugong, furnished with basic appliances for the family. It aims to provide a more comfortable environment for the family.
This event serves as another milestone for the City Government mission for Inclusivity. With this, Mayor WES Gatchalian will continue to provide comfort for all the Pamilyang Valenzuelano.
Also present during the turnover ceremony were Councilor Niña Lopez, City Social Welfare and Development Office Head Ms. Dorothy Evangelista, Housing and Resettlement Office Head Ms. Elenita Reyes, and Ugong Punong Barangay Ed Nazar and Council.