CDO opens 60-bed Bahay Pag-asa for child offenders
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA)–The city government together with the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC)-10 held the blessing of the city’s new 60-bed capacity Bahay Pag-asa, a shelter to rehabilitate and transform child offenders, at Barangay Maitum, Upper Puerto, here, October 1.
“This will shelter children in conflict with the law, abused women, elderly, and the less privileged so they can soon reintegrate to the community and become productive citizens of the city. The pandemic we are experienciencing now only tests the consistency of the LGU’s advocacy to nurture these people,” said Oliver Egypto of CDO Office of Community Affairs.
Expressing gratitude for continued government projects amid political interests, CDO Councilor Suzette Daba said the establishment of Bahay Pag-asa and Oro Care Village has surpassed her expectations since they only sought support for Mother Theresa Foundation.
“Murag bulak nga nag-sprout ang mga building. Ing-ani kapaspas ang pagtukod sa mga buildings (The buildings sprouted like flowers. This is how fast the buildings were made),” she said as she noted how the city government provides continuous service to help the community.
For his part, Ronnie Barros of the RJJWC-10 said the national government allocated P5 million for the said project and the city has augmented the fund to complete the construction of the building.
“Bisan pa nakasala sa balaod kinahanglan gihapon protektahan ang ilang katungod (Though they have violated laws, there is still a need to protect the rights of the children),” Barros said as he cited the significance of establishing the Bahay Pag-asa.
He also added that the city in coordination with Xavier University is tasked to create the Alternative Learning System (ALS) module for Bahay Pag-asa for the entire country.
Bahay Pag-asa forms part of the city’s Oro Care Village, which will house a COVID-19 isolation facility, Boystown, mental hospital for the abandoned and neglected, administrative building, family kiosks for visiting families, livelihood technical school, automotive skills training center, chapel, infirmary, and covered court. (RTP/PIA10)