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PIA Press Release
2010/02/17

DSWD launches helpline for cases on children in conflict with law

by Charmaine P. Tadlas

Cagayan de Oro City (17 February) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in region 10 has recently launched "Project Helpline," a telephone hotline created solely to respond on inquiries on Republic Act 9344 also known as the "Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006," and to help callers handle cases of children in conflict with the law (CICL).

The telephone number of the Helpline is (63)(8822) 72-73-44.

The aim of the project Helpline is to advocate RA 9344 and to encourage the public in reporting cases of abuse against a child in conflict with the law.

Despite the civic groups' negative comments on RA 9344, the social welfare department has strongly been advocating the law to minimize maltreatments and injustices caused against CICLs whose cases are still in due process.

"There are still children out there who are still placed in jails together with adult offenders thereby exposing them to manipulation, physical, verbal, and sexual harassment and abuse," Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD-X Regional Director, said.

Atty. Solamillo added that the DSWD is doing everything it can to protect them from the brutal experience.

"Through RA 9344, the children are separated from adult offenders and are given psychosocial interventions such as counselling, skills training, education, and other activities which will enhance his or her psychological, emotional and psycho-social well-being." (DSWD) [top]

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