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Tulad ng pagpapasensya niya kay Charlene, hindi rin pinatulan ni Laila ang mga bungangerang kaanak nito.

Lumayo na lang siya doon, patuloy pa rin a n g p a r i n i g ng mga kaanak.

“May gusto siguro kay Nico!” “Halata naman, e!” “Pero hindi siya papatulan ni Nico, in love na in love kaya ‘yon kay Charlene!” “Ay, kita naman!” “Hindi ba niya naiisip na isang malaking s a k r i p i s yo p a r a kay Charlene a n g m a gpakasal sa isang bulag?”

Dito nagpanting ang teynga ni Laila.

“Huw a g n’ yo n amang hamakin ang isang may kapansanan!

Alam n’yo ba na sa batas ay bawal ‘ yan? Hindi dapat sinasabing may kakulangan ang mga may diprensya.

Hindi natin karapatan ‘yon.”

Hindi nagpatalo ang mga kaanak.

“Sinasabi lang naman namin ang totoo. Na bulag siya. Mali ba ‘yon?” “Na s a p a n a n a l i t a ninyo ang paghamak sa kanya. Mabait na tao si Nico.

Hi n d i mar a m o t . Sigurado namang mab i b i y aya an din ni y a kayo kaya ang tanging magagawa ninyo ay irespeto siya.”

“Hoy, Laila! Inaaway mo ba ang mga kamaganak ko?”

“Hindi. Sila ang may problema.

Charlene, kailangan mo r in siguro silang kausapin.

Para hindi sila umabuso kay Nico.”

“Wa l a kang kialam!

Buk a s , magi g i n g asawa ko na si Nico kaya kahit ano pa ang gagawin mo, ako na talaga ang reyna ng kanyang tahanan at buhay.”

“Alam mo, Charlene ... Kahit ilang beses ka pang makasal kay Nico, hindi mawawala ang mga kaibigan niyang nagmamalasakit sa kanya.

Nandidito lang kami, nakikiramdam at nakikinig.

Ka p a g nalaman naming kaawa-awa siya p a- o kaya inaapi siya, hindi lang ako ang uusig sa inyo! Marami!”

At tuluyan na niyang tinalikuran si Charlene at mga kaanak nito.

Tamang- tama dahil tapos na r i n ang rehearsal.

“Shall we go, Laila? Para makapa-dinner pa tayo.

I would love it to be romantic!” “S-sure, Dave. Ma g papaalam na tayo kay Nico?” “Sure.” NA K I TA nila si Nico, nakaupo sa isang tabi ng garden.

Katatapos lang ng rehearsal pero agad pumanaw ang saya nito.

“Ni co, you don’ t have to be alone here.

Ang lungko tlungkot mo tingnan, bro.

The rehearsal went well, right?”

Agad namang pilit na ngumiti ang bulag. “Yes, it did.

Okay a ko. Don’ t worry, bro.”

“K a p a g m a g p apakasal ka kay Charlene kung ganyan ang lagi kong makikita sa iyo then I will advise you no t to pu sh i t through.”

Nagustuhan ni Laila ang sinabi ni Dave.

“Hindi pa naman huli ang lahat, Nico.

If you have doubt kahit i- postpone mo muna.”

Bigla silang nakarinig ng sigaw.

“Talagang sinisira mo kami ni Nico!

Kanina, inaway mo naman ang mga kaanak ko! Hindi ka ba talaga titigil, Laila?”

Itutuloy... IN its continuing effort to address the needs of street dwellers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development ( DSWD) through its Social Technology Bureau ( STB) and Field Office- Na t i o n a l Capital Region (NCR) organized a workshop participated in by some 60 non-government organization ( NGO) representatives from Metro Manila yesterday to discuss and improve strategies and programs for this sector.

The workshop focused on improving the engagement between DSWD and NGOs to address the gaps and challenges of providing support for street dwellers through communitybased programs, services and other appropriate interventions.

In addition, the activity also highlighted the need to harmonize and complement the programs of the government with the assistance provided by civi l society organizations (CSOs) and NGOs for street kids and families such as reporting and referrals, public awareness and advocacy raising, capability building, and provision of basic services.

Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo acknowledged the significant contributions of NGOs and CSOs in addressing the needs of children, families, and other individuals at-risk on the streets.

“We have always emphasized that efforts towards the empowerment of poor Filipino families must lead towards the realization and fulfilment of their human and collective rights. However, we still have a long way to go before we achieve this goal. The Department knows that we have to strengthen our collaboration with local governments, NGOs, CSOs, and partner beneficiaries to address the gaps and challenges of addressing the needs and empowering Filipinos atrisk on the streets,” explained Sec. Taguiwalo. THE Department of Education on Thursday signed a memorandum of agreement for the upcoming Palarong Pambansa 2017 this April 23 to 29 in San Jose, Antique province.

Around 12,000 delegates --7,000 of which are athletes; some are coaches from the country’s 18 regions--- are expected to join the 60th Palarong Pambansa dubbed “2017 Palarong Pambansa: Converges Youth Power, Builds Sustainable Future,” said Education secretary Leonor MagtolisBriones in a press conference held Thursday at the Deped main office in Pasig.

With her as witnesses were Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Vice Governor Edgar Denosota, and Philippine Sports Commissioner Celia Kiram.

“We are very happy that our small province has been chosen to host the Palarong Pambansa. This is a boost to our tourism, and an inspiration to our student athletes to do better,” she added. Cadiao boast of their big Antique spor t s complex and noted that they have modernized their now rubberized oval truck; more tennis courts and b l e a c h e r s we re also constructed, she said.

The newly c o nfirmed education secretary Briones said she hopes that more students will consider the athletics track through t h e Pa l a r o n g Pambansa.

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