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RJJWC campaigns against Lowering the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

DSWD Officials and Staff join the Noise Barrage and 1 Million Signature Campaign against lowering of MACR.

The Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA Region led the campaign against the lowering of Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) during the conduct of DSWD 66th Anniversary last February 23, 2017.

In order to show strong support to #JailNoChild movement, DSWD officials and staff join the one (1) Million Signature Campaign and Noise Barrage which lasted for five minutes.

Lowering the MACR from 15 to nine (9) years old is based on House BiIl No. 02  which the DSWD and RJJWC strongly oppose to be passed in Congress

RA 9344 as amended by RA 10630 is a landmark child protection law that seeks to remedy the significant problems of the plight of children in conflict with the law in the Philippines. It established a comprehensive and child-sensitive justice system.

It emphasizes on responsibility of the duty bearers and the society to establish a protective and enabling environment; provide juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention principles; introduce diversion program; and strengthen rehabilitation, reintegration and aftercare programs.

The highlights of RA 10630 are as follows: minimum age of criminal responsibility should be retained at 15 years old; clarify procedures for children below MACR including those who committed serious offense; and establish the Intensive Juvenile Intervention and Support (IJIS) Center within the Bahay Pag-asa (BPA).

Students of Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School attend the forum about CICL and #JailNoChild Campaign

A forum at Epifanio Delos Santos Elementary School was also conducted by Rosa Fe B. Roxas, RJJWC Focal, in order to strengthen the #JailNoChilld campaign and heighten awareness and involvement of the children.

According to Roxas, there are 525 Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) in MIMAROPA Region wherein Palawan has the highest number. On the other hand, the top three (3) offenses committed by CICLs are theft, robbery and rape.

“Based on the result of our Information Drive and Focus Group Discussions, some reasons of CICL for committing crimes are as follows: financial limitations, absentee parents, bullying brought by comparison of children by parents, peer pressure, poor parenting, broken families and influence of social media,” emphasized Roxas during the #JailNoChild Campaign.

To illustrate why CICL exist in the environment, an Educational Film featuring a life of CICL was presented. ###

(Contributed by: Vivien L. Agustin, RJJWC AdAs III)

 

 

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DSWD MMAROPA holds SPSI caravan in Occidental Mindoro

SPSI Caravan for Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Paluan, Sta. Cruz cluster held in Occidental Mindoro Provincial Capitol.

MAMBURAO, OcciMin- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA , in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and  the provincial and local government units of Occidental Mindoro conducted three clusters of Social Protection Support Initiative (SPSI) caravan in the towns of Mamburao on February 15; San Jose on February 18; and Lubang on February 28, 2017.

SPSI is a convergence project of the  DSWD, DOH, and PhilHealth aims to help Listahanan-identified poor particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries attain an improved level of well-being and their economic status.

The caravan activities  include motorcade, project orientation and participating agencies set-up booths catering  basic services.

A total of 805 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, local government officials, local health officers and local social welfare officers provincewide attended the said caravan.

SPSI Sub-projects

 The DSWD’s Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) enhances the case management capacity of local social welfare and development offices through an enhanced social case management system using the information and communication technology. This Electronic Social Case Management System (e-SCMS) features data analysis capabilities, intervention planning and monitoring application, a platform for collaboration and supervision, and built-in referral system to facilitate improved delivery of coordinated social services at the local level.

Also, the DOH implements Watching Over Mothers and babies or WOMB projects that provides access and utilizes the child and nutrition services at the local level. WOMB features data management system to aid community health teams and Rural Health Units in enrolling expectant mothers and neonates.  Likewise it enhances the referral mechanism within the local health service delivery system by improving the linkage of local health units or any Basic Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care facility to the next level care facility.

And the Sigurado at Garantisadong Insurance Pangkalusugan (SAGIP) PhilHealth anchored with the governments Universal Health Care. SAGIP aims to proactively register all Filipinos in the health care system, remind members to regularly pay their premium contribution, refer the delinquent payees to appropriate sponsorship, and measure the performance of attaining universal health insurance coverage overtime.

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries join the motorcade kicking off the SPSI caravan.

“Through the coordinated implementation of SIPAG, WOMB and SIPAG through the SPSI, the country will now have a better way of ensuring that the poor and vulnerable are provided improved access to basic social protection services and the government’s social service delivery systems are at par with global standards,” said Julieta Flores SIPAG Regional Coordinator.

Prior the caravan, SIPAG also conducted case conferences attended by the partner agencies and local social welfare officers wherein 11 cases of partner-beneficiaries presented and given appropriate interventions.

SPSI project commenced its first year of pilot implementation in the six  municipalities Oriental Mindoro  province of Oriental Mindoro in 2011. To date, SPSI covers the whole Mindoro provinces. ###

 

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