Juvenile justice committee holds dialogue in Camiguin

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Mambajao, CAMIGUIN, September 27 (PIA)—To assess the extent of the implementation of the Republic Act 10630 or the Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines,” the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) in northern Mindanao held the Juvenile Justice Administration Dialogue with the Five Pillars of Juvenile Justice System on September 22 at Villa Paraiso Resort and Apartelle, here.

Hacelyn Barrero of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 said that the dialogue aims to review the salient features and provisions of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, and revisit the roles and functions of the different stakeholders in handling Child in Conflict with the Law (CICL).

Barrero also said that the event serves as the venue to discuss the programs and services along with prevention, recovery reintegration, rehabilitation and provision of alternative protection and assistance to the such vulnerable sectors.

About 70 Local Government Unit (LGU) registered social workers handling court related cases particularly cases on CICL and Children at Risk (CAR) such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), prosecutors, Regional Trial Court judge, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) lawyers and Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) participated in the dialogue.
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“The activity is very vital to ensure that the implementers of the law especially those who are handling court related and CICL cases should be knowledgeable on pertinent laws for children,” Barrero stressed.

For her part, Department of Justice (DOJ)-10 Assistant City Prosecutor Lawyer Ruby Malanog discussed the salient features of RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 and stressed that the best interest of the child is the primary consideration of the said act.

“This interest means the totality of the circumstances most congenial to survival, protection and feelings of security of the child and most encouraging to the child’s physical, psychological and emotional development,” Malanog said.

The JJWC is a policy making, coordinating and monitoring body tasked to implement RA 10630. Conducting dialogues and other advocacy campaigns are among the committee’s ways to also strengthen collaborative efforts of the different stakeholders for the paramount interest of poor CICL.(RTP/PIA10)

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