Oro studes bag DSWD short film award

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A group of so­cial work stu­dents from a re­li­gious school in Ca­gayan de Oro won the first Re­gional Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice and Wel­fare Com­mit­tee-10 (RJJWC-10) film fes­ti­val, as part of their ad­vo­cacy op­pos­ing the pro­posal to lower the min­i­mum age re­quire­ment of crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity.

The stu­dents from Lour­des Col­lege bested two other en­trants in the short film com­pe­ti­tion un­der the stu­dent cat­e­gory, with their “Selda Pag­babago” story de­pict­ing a troubled teen who had sev­eral run-ins with the law. The award­ing cer­e­mony was held last Fri­day (Novem­ber 30).

The story re­volves around “Loloy,” whose life took a turn for the worst when he as­so­ci­ated him­self with friends who in­tro­duced him to crime and drugs. Loloy, how­ever, man­aged to trans­form him­self through the in­ter­ven­tion of con­cerned in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing his mother, a psy­chol­o­gist, and their vil­lage leader.

In­ter­viewed on Mon­day, the film’s di­rec­tor, 19-year old Sweet Diane Mabay­lan, a third year So­cial Work stu­dent at Lour­des Col­lege, said “Selda Pag­babago” “shows that young peo­ple who made mis­takes can still turn their lives around.

Mabay­lan un­der­scored the role of the so­ci­ety in help­ing troubled teens in­stead of putting them in jail.

“Jail is not the solution to trans­form an erring youth but through proper ed­u­ca­tion,” Mabay­lan said.

The film fes­ti­val was in line with the 7th Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice and Wel­fare Con­scious­ness Week and Chil­dren’s Month cel­e­bra­tion, spear­headed by the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Devel­op­ment (DSWD) with the co­or­di­na­tion of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, lo­cal gov­ern­ment units, and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The other win­ners are short films cre­ated by teams from Kalilan­gan Na­tional High School, and Clarin Na­tional High School.

For the pro­fes­sional cat­e­gory, the only en­try was “Pag­babago,” pro­duced by the Re­gional Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter for Youth (RRCY) in Gin­goog City.

Ac­cord­ing to Shaun Ale­jan­dre Uy, DSWD-10 so­cial mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer, the agency is plan­ning on show­ing the films to var­i­ous schools and in­sti­tu­tions in sup­port of the agency’s #JailNoChild ad­vo­cacy, and to op­pose the pro­posal of top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to lower the min­i­mum age of crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

(PNA)

STU­DENT di­rec­tor Sweet Diane Mabay­lan (left) proudly holds the tro­phy af­ter her short film “Selda Pag­babago” won in the re­cently held Re­gional Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice and Wel­fare Com­mit­tee-10 (RJJWC-10) short film fes­ti­val on Novem­ber 30, 2018.

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