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DSWD-2 inaugurates rehab center for youth

by Oliver T. Baccay

Roma, Enrile (28 June) -- To enhance the traditional residential care facilities and techniques in the rehabilitation of vulnerable youth and children in conflict with the law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 2 has inaugurated the new Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) situated here.

DSWD Sec. Celia Capadocia -Yangco, together with the other officials of DSWD central office, has spearheaded the opening of the RRCY with other officials and directors of different line agencies and Local Government Units in the region.

The secretary said, before the establishment of the RCCY, Cagayan Valley Region and CAR are the only region's without rehab center for the youth, but now she said both regions have their own RCCY already.

Regional Director Arnel Garcia said the center's target clients are children in conflict with the law (CICL) aged above 15 and below 18, who have suspended sentence and ordered by the court to undergo rehabilitation.

At present, Garcia said there are 13 young males in conflict with law are admitted in the center. Five (5) of them committed rape, 3 were involved in drugs and others committed frustrated murder, homicide, theft, multiple case and robbery.

"We do a lot of interventions to restore functioning on minors for family re-unification and community reintegration which include but not limited to counseling, casework, group work and family/group/individual therapy", Yangco said.

Other than this, the social workers in charge in the center are also obliged to ensure the implementation of other interventions such as health, psychological, educational, recreational and spiritual development of the youth.

Garcia further explained that when the youth has already fulfilled the full cycle of rehabilitation, they will be returned to their families and monitored by social workers. (PIA 2) [top]

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