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FEATURE: An Out of School Youth shapes her own livelihood

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth recipient of Sustainable Livelihood Program’s Technical Vocational Training, from Barangay Tagdu, Mambajao, Camiguin

Rofa Mae Halina, an Out of School Youth from Barangay Tagdu, Mambajao, Camiguin, now owns here very own Homemade Longganisa business after completing a technical course on Food Processing, offered by 1 AND ALL Technical School through the support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

Being the eldest child, Rofa Mae has to sacrifice her studies for her two younger siblings and work harder in order to support their family, after her father became sickly and weak.

“Dagku gyud ang akong pasalamat sa DSWD ug sa 1 AND ALL Technical School tungod kay usa ko sa mga natagaan ani nga training, labi na gyud kay gitagaan pa ko og gamit pangakabuhayan human sa among graduation (I am really thankful to DSWD and 1 AND ALL Technical School for the opportunity they have given me as one of the recipient of this training apart from the start-up kit they have provided us after graduation)”, says Rofa Mae. “Maningkamot gyud ko nga mapalambo ning akong gamay nga negosyo alang-alang sa akong pamilya (I will do my best to improve my business for the benefit of my family), she avows.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is a multi-stakeholder program of the department that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation. It gives significant priority to the youth being the hope of the future generation, similar to the 1 AND ALL Technical School whose mission, is to develop responsible and effective citizens to make significant contribution to the workforce that would eventually improve the livelihood of every community.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Juvenile Justice celebrates 10th Anniversary of RA 9344 Enactment

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With this year’s theme, “RA 9344 : Isang Dekadang Pag-asa “, the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare  Committee together with its partner Agencies celebrated the 10th year Anniversary of the enactment of RA 9344  .

Otherwise known as Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act , this was legislated to fulfill the Constitutional obligation to protect children  ( especially the poor Filipino children who have less in life and whose infractions are mostly theft, which clearly shows that they commit crimes as a desperate measure to survive due to poverty), and the Nation’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, wherein the Philippines is a state party.

Marked with a motorcade as part of the kick-off activity, it was participated by representatives from various partner agencies which includes the Philippine National Police, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Justice, Public Attorneys Office,Department of Justice, and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro.

Assistant Regional Director  for Administration Manuel Borres in his  welcome message, thanked the active partners in implementing RA 9344 particularly for their being sensitive to the needs  and best interest of Children in Conflict with the Law.

He reminded them of their noble role in helping the government to mainstream awareness and consciousness of the Filipino people  to emphasize the rights of every Filipino child and youth especially those Children at Risk and those in Conflict with the Law .  He also stressed the need for the lead implementors and advocates to carry by heart their role in ensuring the protection and promotion of the welfare of children.

 

Written by, Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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