The Cebu Provincial Government opened the first temporary holding center for children in conflict with the law (CICL) in Dalaguete town on Tuesday, March 19.
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.
“Kita maoy pinakauna sa tibuok Pilipinas nga nakahunahuna og ingon ani…
Ang Dalaguete lucky kaayo nga lungsod kay mao ni pinakauna lungsod dinhi (nga naay temporary holding center para sa CICL),” said Garces.
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.
“I know they are victims. Mga biktima lang gyud ni sila they need guidance. Kinahanglan tudloan gyud. I hope makatabang ni sa Dalaguete,” the governor said.
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.
“Usa ni sa among need kay naa man gud tay mga batan-on nga nalambigit sa lain laing salaod… Nalipay ko makuhaan among problema ilabi na sa Biyernes, Sabado ug Dominggo naa nay kabutangan (alang sa mga CICLs),” she said.
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.
“Dako nako’ng pasalamat sa Probinsya nga ang first recepient ang lungsod sa Dalaguete.
Pwerte’ng lipaya nato isip usa ka Dalaguetenon kitay una nga nakadawat sa programa sa Probinsya. Isip usa ka Dalaguetenon, nagpasalamat ta ni gov ug vice gov nga nakadawat ta ani sa atong lungsod,” said 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.
“Kining pagpatitulo usa ni sa proyekto sa Cebu Provincial Govermment uban ang DENR, DAR and Registry of Deeds. Duna kitay partnership nila aron ang dugay na ninyo’ng yuta mainyo na gyud, duna nay pruweba,” said Davide.
The governor reminded them that they still need to pay taxes.
“Kini nahitabo lang ubos sa administrasyon ni Governor Davide. Congratulations again,” Magpale added.