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PIA Press Release
2006/10/13

DSWD 8 vows to look into child recruits saved by the military last week

Tacloban City (October 13) -- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Field Office 8 Director Letecia Corillo vowed to look into the welfare of the child recruits of the CPP-NPA who were saved by the military in Samar recently.

The promise came after a member of the media asked about the whereabouts of the child recruits, during the weekly Harampang Ha PIA held on Thursday at the PIA Regional Office Media Lounge.

Director Corillo said that the usual procedure is for the children in armed conflict to be turned over into the protective custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. However, there are instances when the local social welfare office does not have the needed facility, Director Corillo clarified.

Interventions are provided the children under such time that they are ready to be integrated into the community. This will take some time, about one year, Director Corrillo said. This will depend on the readiness of the child.

Director Corrillo said that there are several interventions that the DSWD can do to the children in armed conflict. This includes educational assistance, home placement and provision of basic need.

The family plays an important role in the prevention of the children being recruited by the CPP-NPA. The family must never allow the CPP-NPA to recruit the minors as combatants as couriers. The right place for children is the home or the school not the hideouts of NPAs.

These children are usually recruited with promises of being able to go to school or for better life. Parents, the media and the school and also the church should work hand in hand to see to it that the children are protected, Director Corrillo added. (PIA 8) [top]

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