Capi­tol to de­ploy con­tainer vans as hold­ing cen­ters for mi­nors

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Ash­lee Love A. Mar­zon, USJ-R In­tern/JBB

The Cebu Pro­vin­cial So­cial Wel­fare De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (PSWDO) will turn over 20-footer re­fur­bished con­tainer vans this year to lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGU) in the prov­ince to be used as hold­ing cen­ters and serv­ing fa­cil­i­ties for chil­dren in con­flict with the law (CICL).

PSWDO head Marivic Garces said the of­fice came up with this project to have a place to hold un­der­age of­fend­ers since it is against the law if they will be placed be­hind bars.

“There are other LGUs nga duna'y is­sues nga ang ila­hang ar­eas wala'y hold­ing cen­ters. That's why ma­pu­gos sila nga ang mi­nor of­fender ibu­tang sa selda or pris­o­han which is against the law, es­pe­cially when the child is below 10 and should be un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the par­ents,” Garces said.

The of­fice will pro­vide one con­tainer van for each district that is in­ter­ested to take part in the pi­lot pro­gram.

The fifth district will be given two hold­ing cen­ters since Garces con­sid­ered the area to have high in­ci­dents of CICLs.

With the prov­ince's P4.2 mil­lion bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for the pro­gram, these con­tainer vans have rooms, a bath­room, and an of­fice.

The LGUs will be the ones to iden­tify where these fa­cil­i­ties will be lo­cated and will des­ig­nate peo­ple to man the fa­cil­ity.

“There should be a so­cial worker, women's desk of­fi­cer para sa mga babaye, and po­lice,” Garces added.

Garces also ad­vised that these fa­cil­i­ties should be con­structed on flat ar­eas to make it safe from ty­phoons.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous years, Garces also aims to change peo­ple's habit of bring­ing mi­nor of­fend­ers di­rectly to her of­fice.

Mi­nors with ex­traor­di­nary cases will be di­rectly brought to her staff in charge of the pro­gram so they can con­duct con­fer­ences and find out the back­ground of the child.

For this year, the PSWDO also plans to be­gin con­struc­tion for the “Ba­hay Pag-asa” project with a bud­get of P20 mil­lion.

The P10 mil­lion will be com­ing from the pro­vin­cial cof­fers while the rest was granted by the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Wel­fare Coun­cil (JJWC).

“There is al­ready a stan­dard­ized de­sign com­ing from the cen­tral of­fice of the JJWC and then dili na pwede mo-de­vi­ated from these stan­dard de­sign be­cause later on we will be aim­ing for the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of the cen­ter,” said Garces.

She said they are aim­ing for a Level 3 ac­cred­i­ta­tion and as­sures more im­prove­ments af­ter the ac­cred­i­ta­tion of the cen­ter this 2018.

“We will be oc­cu­py­ing 2,000 sqm lots. This project, Ba­hay Pag-asa, are for CILC clients nga duna'y mga on­go­ing cases sa court,” Garces said.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the of­fice also plans to con­struct a liveli­hood cen­ter worth P1.5 mil­lion in So­god as a dis­play base of prod­ucts from the dif­fer­ent LGUs in the prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to Garces, they chose the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of So­god since the LGU has an avail­able lot that can be used.

“The lo­ca­tion is also strate­gic, spe­cially ibu­tang man nato ang goods and prod­ucts,” she added.

An­other project for this year is the con­struc­tion of cen­ters for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. The of­fice plans to pro­vide one PWD cen­ter for north­ern ar­eas and an­other one for the south­ern ar­eas, worth P3 mil­lion each.

Garces also said that the es­tab­lish­ment of two tech­ni­calvo­ca­tional liveli­hood cen­ters worth P2 mil­lion each for Ba­dian and Tuburan is also part of Cebu Gover­nor Hi­lario Da­vide III's agenda for this year.

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