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Rehab center for children in conflict with law launches one-year program for sports and culture

Tacloban City (25 April) -- They are not hardened criminals so their place should not be in jails. Thus, some 51 residents of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth (RCCY) in Brgy. Sto. Niño, Tanauan, Leyte are now enjoying a one-year sports and cultural program which kicked off last Monday, April 23, Ms. Vina Aquino, DSWD-IO informed PIA.

RCCY Officer In-Charge Marcela Lim, who welcomed the guests, explained that the undertaking is meant to provide these young people with the opportunity to discover or enhance their hidden talents, to boost their morale, and to reveal to the outside world that they are neither bad nor dangerous.

Ms. Aquino said that the rehabilitation center for youth opened its doors for the community to see, and the so-called “children in conflict with law” under its care paraded towards the town from the center as an invitation to the public to watch this year-long event.

RTC Branch 7 or Family Court Judge Crisologo Bitas, who was the honored guest, told them in his inspirational message that “your cases are under my sala but you should exhibit the right attitude in the Center so that you will have no criminal record when you are back to a normal life.” Bitas also emphasized the importance of clean fun in the sports activities. “No fighting,” he further said to them.

In this connection, Director Letecia Corillo of DSWD Field Office 8 said that the Juvenile Justice and Welfare System is now more child-friendly with the enactment of Republic Act 9344 – An Act Establishing A Comprehensive Juvenile Justice and Welfare System.

She explained that these type of children, 15 years old and below, shall no longer have a criminal responsibility but instead undergo a diversion program with the family, community and other sectors helping in the process of their re-integration into the community. (PIA-8/DSWD-8) [top]

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