Feature: RRCY boys learn fire protection
by Charmaine P. Tadlas
Cagayan de Oro City (23 March) -- The 26 residents and staff of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) underwent fire fighting training with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) last March 17, 2010.
The fighters taught them various techniques on protecting themselves during fire disasters and other fire preventive measures.
The RRCY is a residential facility for male minors in conflict with the law. In the facility, the minors are given counselling, skills training, education, medical and dental services, livelihood and judicial liason.
Under Republic Act 9344 also known as "Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006," children in conflict with the law should be separated from adult offenders and instead should undergo rehabilitation and reintegration.
Pursuant to Article 40 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children who are accused of, adjudged, or recognized as having infringed the penal law should be treated in a manner consistent with the promotion of the child's sense of dignity and worth.
The DSWD-X advocates measures on dealing with such children without resorting to judicial proceedings, provided that human rights and legal safeguards are still respected.
The RRCY is one of the facilities run by DSWD-X and is located at Barangay Kahulogan, Gingoog City. (DSWD) [top]