DSWD Davao province to build shelter for young offenders in Davao Norte town
NEW CORELLA, Davao del Norte, June 12 (PNA) –- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Davao has allotted some P2.5 million for the construction of a temporary home for young offenders.
Meanwhile, the provincial government allotted two hectares for the construction of the center within the vicinity of the Luntiang Paraiso Regional Rehabilitation Center (LPRRC) for Drug and Alcoholic Dependency located in New Corella town here.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene Semblante said the construction of the Bahay Pag-asa is set to start this month to provide short-term residential and rehabilitation care to juvenile delinquents 15 years old and below.
She said the province will also allocate funds for the annual operational and maintenance costs of the facility, including budget for personnel services.
Semblante said Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has pushed for the establishment of the center since it is in line with the Governor’s P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda, apart from being mandated by Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.
P.E.O.P.L.E. is the acronym of the development agenda of del Rosario which stands for People Empowerment, Education, Optimum Health and Social Services, Public Private Partnership, Link to the World, Employment and Livelihood Opportunities.
“The Bahay Pag-asa shall offer a safer place for children in conflict with the law (CICL) than jails,” she said.
Semblante is confident that the establishment of the facility will address the rising number of young offenders who figure in various crimes around the province.
Meanwhile, Supt. Edgardo Wycoco, Provincial Director of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office reported that from April 1 to June 8 this year alone, his office has recorded a total of 23 crime incidents committed by minors.
“Crimes involving minors here are increasing because we cannot file case against them and there’s no place to confine them,” he said.
He hopes the temporary shelter will help significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the number of crimes perpetrated by minors. (PNA)