Pagmamahal susi sa Pagbabago.

This is the title and the message of the art piece of Ruben, not his real name, a child in conflict with the law (CICL) under the care of Bahay Pag-Asa Davao del Norte.

His entry to the 11th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week (JJWeek) Poster Making Competition – Sining Likha, Kwento ng Pag-Asa symbolizes his love and gratitude to the people who believed that he is capable of change and gave their time and effort to make it possible.

Ang pagmamahal at sakripisyo nila ang nagtulak sa akin upang tuluyang magbago sa buhay,” he said.

The relevance to the theme, his creativity, and the uniqueness and originality of his artwork bagged Ruben the first-place award.

Meanwhile, the entry My Path of Stephen, not his real name, a CICL from MIMAROPA Youth Center won the second-place award. His artwork illustrates the importance of the juvenile justice law for him, especially since he was cared for and protected by the law.

Maraming nangyari na nagmulat sa aking sa riyalidad, kahit gaano kapait ang aking pinagdaanan hindi ako iniwan ng itinuturing kong pangalawang pamilya, ang Mimaropa Youth Center, bagkus sila ang unang naniwala sa aking kakayahang magbago para sa kanila at higit sa para sa sarili ko,” Stephen said.

The third-place winner was the artwork of Leonard, not his real name, a CICL in Bahay Pag-Asa Youth Center – Palawan. His entry Pag-Asa ng Bagong Ako recounts the journey of CICLs from their lowest point to a changed life. He also won the Audience Choice Award.

Gaya ng matagal na panahong tinahak sa pagsasakatuparan ng Republic Act no. 9344, as amended, ako din ay naglalakbay sa ngayon tungo sa aking mga pangarap at maayos na buhay.”

Another winner of the Audience Choice Award was the entry Bahaghari ng Kabataan of Lester, not his real name, CICL in Bahay Pag-Asa Taguig.

The judges of the contest were Ms. Maribel Barcenas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Program Management Bureau, and professional artists Mr. Emman Acasio and Mr. Eddie Lagrimas, Jr.

The Poster Making Competition was one of the activities of the 11th JJWeek Celebration. It aimed to create an avenue for children to express their views and feelings on the impact of the Juvenile Justice Law in their lives, to showcase and recognize their talents, enhance awareness of the public on the positive outcomes of the law, and generate recommendations on policy and program formulation and advocacy.


To commence the celebration of the 11th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week (JJWeek), the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) hands over assistance kits as part of the P75 million worth of the Support to Bahay Pag-Asa Project. A total of 84 Bahay Pag-Asa (BPA) nationwide will benefit from this project.

As part of the Kick-Off event on November 21, 2022, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary for Statutory Programs under Operations Group Elaine F. Fallarcuna, JJWC Executive Director, Atty. Tricia Clare A. Oco, and representatives from Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC), headed by DSWD Field Office Region VI Assistant Regional Director Arwin O. Razo, led the Ceremonial Turn-Over of the BPA Assistance Package to selected recipients, the University of St. La Salle (USLS) Bahay Pag-Asa, Inc., a non-government organization-operated BPA; and Balay Pasilungan BPA of Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

USLS and Bahay Pasilungan and other 82 BPAs will be receiving furniture and fixtures, personal care supplies, COVID-19 essential supplies, therapeutic materials to be used to address the distress of the residents, and IT Equipment to be used for virtual monitoring, access to court hearings, online classes, family e-visitations, and use for recording and updating of cases of children in the National Juvenile Justice and Welfare Management Information System (JJ-MIS),

The assistance aims to contribute to the improvement of the children’s social functioning. Specifically, it seeks to make BPAs conducive for children’s rehabilitation and reintegration and for BPA residents to develop skills that will lead to their employment and reintegration.

Aside from these, training for BPA staff and residents will also be provided. For the staff, they will be capacitated on managing cases of children in conflict with the law, behavioral management, Buklod Paglaum, and Integrated Care Management Protocol. Meanwhile, the resident will be provided with basic life skills training focusing on problem-solving skills, decision-making, life goal setting, management of emotions and managing behavioral issues, gender-sensitivity training, and livelihood skills training.

“JJWC hopes that through this assistance we can provide CICL with necessary, beneficial, and quality interventions to prepare them for their reintegration into their families and communities,” said Atty. Oco.