THE Cebu Provincial Government opened the first temporary holding center for children in conflict with the law (CICL) in Dalaguete town on March 19, 2019.
The Cebu Provincial Government spent P685,000 for the installation of Bahay Pag-asa, which is a 24-hour child-caring institution that offers short-term residential care for CICL.
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Chief Marivic Garces said Cebu is the first province in the country that prioritizes such project for the CICLs.
Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale led the inauguration of the holding center in Dalaguete, which is intended for the second district.
The Capitol will put at least one holding center called Bahay Pag-asa for all the districts in Cebu.
It is stipulated in Republic Act 10630 or the “Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines” that each province and highly urbanized city shall be responsible for establishing a Bahay Pag-asa for the CICLs.
Garces explained that the Bahay Pag-asa will just serve as a temporary holding center or processing facility for a minor while the social workers negotiate and process documents to where the child will be turned over.
She acknowledged the governor and vice governor for their efforts so the project will be realized.
In his speech, Davide said that one of the problems that a local government unit is facing is the lack of a temporary holding facility for the CICLs.
The Bahay Pag-asa in Dalaguete has a bed, shower, comfort, room and cabinets.
Magpale, vice chair of the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children, recalled that there was a social worker before who became a victim of theft after she brought a child in conflict with the law in her house for a night because there was no a temporary holding center available.
She said she already foresaw that the Province will be dealing with more problems involving the youth so a temporary shelter is really needed.
Dalaguete Social Worker Evelyn Sarmago told the governor and vice governor that they have seven CICLs ages 12 to 13, who are facing theft and reckless imprudence resulting to homicide cases.
Before, Sarmago said that CICLs used to be under the custody of the police stations.
However, she said the police officers no longer allowed it later on because they might be questioned by the Commission on Human Rights.
Dalaguete Mayor Ronald Allan Cesante extended his gratitude to Davide and Magpale for the project.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the governor and vice governor were joined by Provincial Board Member Jose Mari Salvador.
LAND TITLES DISTRIBUTION
In a separate event, Davide and Magpale led the distribution of land titles for the 86 recipients of Barangay El Pardo in Boljoon town on the same day.
The easy land title application for the landowners is a project of the Capitol, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Registry of Deeds
The 86 residents of El Pardo applied a lot title through their barangay hall and the distribution was also made right in their town.
Among of the guests during the distribution were Boljoon Mayor Merlou Derama, Provincial Assessor Alma Sibonga, and officials of DENR, DAR and Registry of Deeds.
The governor reminded them that they still need to pay taxes. (LON VIZ)