TANDAG CITY – With an end view of reintegrating a male disadvantaged child to his family and community, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga handed over the first tranche amounting to Php 750,000.00 pesos (this is just part of the total allocation of 2.5 million pesos) to the local government unit here in the construction of Bahay Pag-asa on July 11.
In a one (1) hectare land, Bahay Pag-asa Transition and Rehabilitation Home will serve as a temporary home and rehabilitation center for children in conflict with the law (CICL) by providing protection, care, and training for the children for a maximum of six (6) months and consequently work out on reunification with families or placement in foster care or adoption.
This is the action of the department in pursuant to the Article 40 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizing the right of every child who committed an offense to be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child’s sense of worth and dignity in the same way as answering to the Philippine law stipulated in Section 44 or the Juvenile Justice Administration and Welfare Act of 2006.
DSWD regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat turned-over the check to city mayor Alexander T. Pimentel. He expressed his gratitude to Senator Francis Pangilinan who funded the project through the department.
“The rehabilitation center will house the CICL in our community and hopefully this will provide them holistic development for a better future,” stressed Pimentel.
The building is expected to be constructed by first week of September this year. ### (Social Marketing Unit)