August 12th, 2012
By: Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – The province of Biliran will soon have its own detention home for Children In Conflict with Law (CICL) as bidding for the first phase of the facility was already finished on August 7, 2012.
Flordeliza Trani, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer (PSWDO) in Biliran province informed in a meeting with the provincial technical working group of the Responsible Youth and Family Program (RYFP) on August 3, 2012 that an initial amount of P4M was allocated for the construction of the youth facility called Bahay Pag-Asa.
“Funding for the construction of Bahay Pag-Asa came from the RYFP common trust fund” said Trani, whose fund was sourced out from the one percent of the 20% development fund of the 142 barangays, eight towns and the provincial government of Biliran.
She added that a total fund of P3,841,677.97 was available as of August 3, 2012 for the construction of the Bahay-Pag-Asa with P1,760,677.97 coming from the RYFP common trust fund, P2,080,000 counterpart fund from Senator Francis Pangilinan and a donation of P1,000 from MB Ang Construction and Supply.
The groundbreaking of the Bahay Pag-Asa that will be constructed in a one hectare lot in Sitio San Roque in Barangay Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran is set on August 30, 2012.
Ms. Trani further said that the Bahay Pag-Asa will serve as temporary transition home and rehabilitation center for male disadvantaged children of the province aged 15 years old and below who was alleged to have committed heinous crimes and need immediate protection from a highly risky and unsafe environment while undergoing intervention or rehabilitation; 16 – 18 years old, who come in conflict with the law, have no parent or relatives to come home to while assessment of discernment is being undertaken and children at risk, abused, neglected and exploited by parents or relatives who are unemployed, irresponsible, with very low parental skills, or with serious behavioral problems.
“The facility will also provide these children protection, care, training and rehabilitation in a home-like environment for a maximum period of six (6) months with an end view of reintegrating him to his family and community” PSWDO Trani said. (PIA 8 Biliran)
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