Fast track youth rehab
center, pleads Chief Vale
TAGBILARAN CITY, April 6, (PIA)--On the rising trend of crimes with minors as culprits, city police chief pleads for city officials to fast track the construction of the rehabilitation center for children in conflict with the law.
This as Cogon Barangay chairman Nicanor Besas revealed that he has advised children recidivists in his district to keep away from these illegal activities, but all seems naught.
Police reports have indicated that Cogon has the most crime cases involving under-aged criminals which are right now protected by law.
Besas said he has gone to talk to the kids and their parents, but seemingly, nothing seeped in as the minor criminal is back on the streets as soon as they are turned over for custody to the Department of Social welfare and Development (DSWD).
In fact, Cogon chairman Besas intimated that a gang of 10 to 12 year-old kids is now molded and as initiation, kids are asked to steal.
The results are as graphic.
We apprehend almost the same kid every day, says PSupt. Vale.
Upon apprehension, as mandated by law, police turn over the kid offender for DSWD custody. But owing to the absence of a DSWD facility for children in the city, the government is forced to release the kid to the parents, who obviously do not care because the child is back in the streets as soon, according to the city police chief.
It may be recalled that the city government has pushed for a children in conflict with the law rehabilitation center which Mayor John Geesnell Yap mentioned in his latest State of the City Address.
The “Paglaum Center” caters to children in conflict with the law (CICL). It would be situated in a 249 square meter building to rise up in Barangay Cabawan, Mayor Yap then said.
The building, which features a waiting area for visitors, office space for the Social Welfare personnel including a Psychologist, a multi-purpose area, infirmary room, sports facilities, and prayer room, has been allocated a budget from the city government, reports City Administrator Leonides Borja.
As this goes on, Police Superintendent George Vale asks city officials to help in fast tracking the construction of a child in conflict with the law rehabilitation center just as city districts theft involving minor offenders surge.
We think it can largely help if we put up a facility, we might just be able to fill it in so short a time, Vale quipped. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)