DSWD appeals to the public: Give chance for reformation of CICL through cinema plugs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 December 2014 14:22

By LEILANI S. JUNIO

 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is calling on the public to closely examine the underlying reasons why problems on children in conflict with the law (CICL) are surfacing along with the need to give them a chance to reform themselves into better citizens of the country.

During the launching of DSWD’s three cinema plugs held Saturday night at the Cinema 7 of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman emphasized that it is important to fully understand the reasons why some children end up in traversing the wrong direction of committing petty crimes at an early age.

Soliman said she is hoping that with the plugs that will be shown in Metro Manila SM cinemas for a week during the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) from Dec. 25 to 31, the public will be be made aware and supportive of the campaign giving CICL second chance to have a brighter future.

The 30-minute plug will also be simultaneously seen at selected cinemas in the cities of Cebu in the Visayas and Davao and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao on the said dates.

“More than looking at the CICL with anger and rebuke, let us look at them with understanding, as most often they are the victims of circumstances,” Soliman stressed.

The DSWD chief noted that the public should be aware that sometimes the children, usually the poor ones, reached the point of committing petty crimes such as theft, robbery and physical injuries because more often than not, they were not given proper guidance by their families and the communities where they belong.

“Unfortunately, most of the wrong actions of these children were the ones they have seen or influenced by the adult members of their families and communities surrounding them who do not understand the serious implications,” she pointed out.

For this reason, she said it is the responsibility of the adults to ensure that they are giving the proper guidance to such children while the society itself should work toward making the environment or community conducive to the children in order for them not to become “problems” but potential productive members of society with bright future.

She further said that if it is proven that certain adult persons influenced the CICL to perpetrate the crime, it is more upright to let them be the ones to be jailed instead of the CICL who are too young to understand what they have committed.

Secretary Soliman explained that the DSWD and the Juvenile Justice Welfare for the Children (JJWC) remain committed to the strong advocacy that it is important to rehabilitate CICL rather than send them to jail together with adult criminals.

The rehabilitation process is done by placing the children in “Bahay Pag-Asa” — a 24-hour child-caring institution established and funded by local government units (LGUs) and licensed non-government organizations (NGOs).

The place serves as a short-term residential care facility for CICL where they undergo positive disciplinary interventions so that when they go out from there, they are converted into new individuals with positive outlook or have better understanding of what positive things they should pursue.

The cinema plugs are part of the campaign supporting Republic Act No. 10630 which strengthens the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines.

R.A. 10630 amended R.A. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.