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DSWD - CAR DSWD stresses importance of community support for children in conflict with the law Cordillera Administrative Region- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here stresses the importance of providing emotional support to children in conflict of the law who are undergoing rehabilitation. “Aside from the interventions being provided by the rehabilitation centers, support from the family and the community can help the children cope with the process” Social Worker Novelia Naisod shared. Naisod is also the Center Head of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Youth (RRCY) of the DSWD which is located in Sablan, Benguet. The RRCY is a facility designed to provide intensive treatment in a residential setting for the rehabilitation of CICL whose sentences have been suspended. It serves as a nurturing out-of-home placement for children in need of rehabilitation. “We want the CICLs to be rehabilitated and be reintegrated in the community through various activities like spiritual enhancement program, psychological and educational services and others, but putting them in the center is the last resort. Let us be reminded that there are other ways of helping these children through community-based intervention and diversion programs”, Naisod added. Aside from center-based treatment, there are also community-based intervention programs for CICLs. “Not all CICLs are required to go to the centers. The children could stay in the community but this is based upon the gravity of their case and upon the assessment of our social workers. Through a program designed and implemented in partnership with the barangay government and the local social welfare and development office, the children are guided towards his or her rehabilitation”, Naisod added. Since January 2016, there are 26 clients served in the RRCY of the DSWD. Three (3) of the cases have been dismissed by the court, seven (7) discharged for trial reintegration, and one (1) client discharged for drug rehabilitation. “Though these children have committed activities against the law, they are in some ways victims too. We try our best to provide them the interventions that they need for them to be reintegrated to their communities and become productive members of such. We ask the support not only of their families but most especially, the communities that they are in because these children deserve a second chance”, Naisod added. The RRCY caters to CICL aged 15 years to not more than 18 years old male, who have committed an offense and ordered by the court to undergo rehabilitation. CICL who are on suspended sentence may, upon order of the court, undergo any or a combination of disposition measures appropriate to their rehabilitation and welfare. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva 14 The Social Focus

DSWD - CAR For the Love of CHILDREN Baguio City- It all started from a Tarzan movie she watched when she was just six years old which has now turned into the life-long devotion of Teacher Miriam of Camp Dangwa Day Care Center. Miriam S. Botongen, 49 years old, finished Bachelor of Science in Theology with specialization on Child Training and Nursing Aid. As she shared, teaching has always been in her veins. But her love for children maybe the blood running through these. “My heart for children started when I was six years old when I took care of police children here in Camp Dangwa. Since then, it was always been my passion. In church, I teach in the Sunday school. I started teaching when I was still single”, Teacher Miriam shared. But in 1991, Teacher Miriam had to stop to fulfill her duties as a wife and a mother. “When I got married, I had to stop to be a full time wife and mother to my four children”, she shared. “But I never lost my eagerness to teach again in the day care center. I continued praying”, Teacher Miriam added. In 2009, Teacher Miriam’s prayer was answered. She was able to get back as the Teacher of Camp Dangwa Day Care Center. TEACHER MIRIAM AND HER DAY CARE FAMILY Teacher Miriam shared what inspires her. “As a day care worker, I am the 2nd mother to these children. With this, I am given the opportunity to be part of their lives”, she said. However, it is not always easy for her. As a Day Care Teacher, Miriam also faces challenges involving her day care family. “It is difficult to encounter cases of child abuse in my day care children. Also, it is challenging to handle cases of single parents. But we are able to provide proper intervention in partnership with the police” Teacher Miriam shared. Despite these, Teacher Miriam remains committed to continue teaching in the Day Care Center. “As a Day Care worker, there are many challenges along the way, but just have faith in yourself and in God. Also, we have other people to help us”, she shared. “I have prayed to God that I become a blessing to others and I feel that through this, I am able to fulfill the realization of this prayer”, she added. Teacher Miriam is among the Day Care Workers who continuously perform their duty regardless of the amount of honorarium The Social Focus that they receive in exchange of such. It is through them that our Early Childhood Care and Development or Day Care Centers are able to cater and contribute to the development of our three to four year old children. This story is not only to recognize Teacher Miriam but also to salute and express gratitude to all our Day Care Workers who do their work with commitment and passion only for the love of children. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva 15

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