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Punggol gets its first Family Service Centre

Published on May 24, 2014 3:39 PM

SINGAPORE - Punggol, one of Singapore's newest housing estates, has launched its first Family Service Centre to serve the needy and build strong community bonds.

The centre is special because it is introduced into the community early, before social problems emerge, said Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who was guest-of-honour at the opening of the centre on Saturday.

"This is a brand new town... but we don't want just to come in when there are issues," said Mr Chan in a speech. "We want to bring it in early into the community to grow the community and to mobilise community resources to preempt and prevent social issues from emerging downstream."

Punggol is home to about 881,000 residents and has the highest proportion of children aged five years and below in Singapore.

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