DAVAO POLICE REPORT DECREASING NUMBER OF CHILD OFFENDERS
DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) has reported a decreasing number of child offenders or Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) in the last three quarters of the year.
Senior Insp. Lilibeth Remolar, chief of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD), said Wednesday the three quarters of the year showed a downtrend in CICL from 106 in the first quarter, 65 in the second quarter, and down to 29 in the third quarter.
Remolar said most of the crimes involving child offenders are theft and physical injury. She said the number of CICL has also gone down since 2015.
Based on WCPD records, there were 519 CICLs in 2015; 469 in 2016; 429 in 2017.
Remolar attributed the decrease to CDPO's Oplan Kalinaw, a security plan that directly engages the community in crime prevention. She said the program includes lectures for parents and the youth during the operation, police visibility, and social services provided by the local government that includes community visits and heightened interaction with social workers.
Remolar also cited DCPO’s Adopt-a-School program and its out-of-school youth outreach that kept away minors from engaging in criminal activities.
She lamented, however, that DCPO scholars have decreased from 200 to just over a hundred.
One possible reason for this, she said, was that the out-of-school youths under the program "got bored because we hold classes in the DCPO gym or in the chapel--not in the usual classroom."
Still, Remolar was optimistic the program would attract more out-of-school "scholars" to attend the weekend classes once a dedicated facility is completed. (Mellejor/PNA)
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