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.