Regional rehabilitation center for youth to rise in Sablan
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (20 June) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the municipal government of Sablan, Benguet formalized the creation of a Cordillera Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth (CRRCY) through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed during the Independence Day celebration at the Baguio Convention Center last Friday, June 12.
Signatories to the MOA were DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral and Sablan Mayor Boni Tacio. The signing was witnessed by Baguio City Mayor Peter Rey Bautista Jr, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Director Primitivo Galinato Jr., Sablan Vice mayor Julio Gayaman and councilors.
The construction of the CRRCY in Sablan is on-going and already 85% completed. The 220 square meter structure is being built in a one hectare lot. According to DSWD-CAR Director Porfiria Bernardez, the CRRCY will be finished in one month and shall be operational soon after. The CRRCY can accommodate 20 to 25 children.
Cabral said the CRRCY is a temporary shelter or a transition home for Children In Conflict with the Law or CICL. She explained that CICL are the children apprehended for violations of the law, but because they are below 18 years old, they will be treated differently and put them in centers, so as to be given rehabilitation service and later reintegrated into the community. She stressed that bringing CICLs to the center should only be a last resort, or only for repeat offenders, because under the law, rehabilitation of such children must be done in their community under the municipal/city welfare officer in coordination with DSWD.
Sablan municipal government officials thanked the DSWD for selecting them as host of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth, as they also asked the DSWD to help improve the road going to the center, as the municipality's coffers cannot afford it.
Relative to this, DSWD Cordillera Director Bernardez assured them that the DSWD and the provincial government of Benguet, through the initiative of governor Nestor Fongwan, are ready to help. She also announced that the Secretary has instructed her to talk with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding the matter. (PIA) [top]