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.