By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Davao recently turned over a check worth P2.7 million to Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario for the construction of the rehabilitation facility project in New Corella town, to boost the prominence of the province as a “healing field.”
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene Semblante said the construction of the transition home is set to start in September to provide short-term residential and rehabilitation care to the juvenile delinquents, aged 15 years old and below.
On the other hand, Del Rosario said the soon-to-be-constructed Bahay Pag-asa, a residential facility for the rehabilitation of children-in-conflict with the law (CICL), will bolster Davao del Norte’s position as a safe haven for the transformation and rehabilitation of delinquents.
He said the sanctuary is going to give essential care, protection and social services to juvenile delinquents until their values and social functioning are mended.
Besides physical, emotional, and spiritual development, technical and vocational skills will be a part of their rehabilitation program in order to amply prepare them for their integration back into the mainstream of society.
The governor said the facility will offer a safer place for the CICLs, compared to putting them in jails alongside hardened criminal-prisoners.
He is confident the temporary shelter will dramatically reduce, if not eliminate the volume of unlawful acts committed by the youngsters.
The province will operate the center, which will be built adjacent to the Luntiang Paraiso Regional Rehabilitation Center, a provincial government-run facility that has been accommodating drug dependents and alcoholics on a subsidized scheme for over a decade now.