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DSWD, JJWC highlight gains of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act on 15th year of enactment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its attached agency, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council will mark the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) or Republic Act 9344, as amended, on May 20, 2021, with the theme, “JJWA: Patuloy sa Pagtataguyod sa Karapatan ng mga Bata sa Bagong Normal!”The theme reflects the continuing goal of the DSWD, JJWC, and all other stakeholders in promoting the welfare and upholding the rights of children at all times.Under the JJWA, children at risk (CAR) and children in conflict with the law (CICL) are given hope and a second chance to restore their lives and dignity, and to start anew and create a better future for themselves.Gains throughout the yearsSince the enactment of JJWA in 2006 and the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10630 in 2013 which amended and strengthened RA 9344, DSWD and JJWC have persevered to ensure the full implementation of the law.Prior to the enactment of the law, children committing petty crimes or status offenses were treated similarly as adult offenders.From 1995 to 2000, a total of 52,576 children were in detention or under custodial setting while an average of 10,515 children were being arrested every year with few cases being resolved.Likewise, majority of jails all over the country do not have a separate detention facility for children.The CICL then suffered from different kinds of abuses especially under custody or detention, but the enactment of JJWA have altered this picture, reaching a landmark on child protection law.The law mandates the adoption of the principle of restorative justice, prohibiting the detention of children in jails, providing juvenile offenders prevention programs at the local level, introducing diversion, and strengthening rehabilitation, reintegration, and aftercare programs.JJWA also seeks to establish a protective environment for children, so that they will not commit crimes or be victims of crimes.In 2020, JJWC monitored a total of 1,079 children from BPAs and other youth care facilities that were reintegrated into the community.The DSWD, JJWC, and child protection advocates strongly encourage the local government units to continue to uphold children’s rights through appropriate interventions, and ensure the full implementation of the law, especially in the new normal.Meanwhile, the JJWC reported the many efforts it has taken to ensure the full implementation of the law. These include enhancement in various aspects of its mandate focusing on Policy Formulation and Program Development, Research and Information Management, Advocacy and Social Mobilization, Technical Assistance to Stakeholders, and Monitoring and Evaluation.The DSWD and JJWC remain committed in promoting and protecting the rights of CAR and CICL under a restorative justice and welfare system. ###

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DSWD serves nearly 700,000 persons in crisis 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public of its continuous support for persons in difficult circumstances through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

As of April 30, 2021, the Department has served 688,590 clients nationwide under AICS with over P2.8 billion total amount disbursed.

Through AICS, clients are given medical, burial, transportation, food, non-food assistance in the form of outright cash for other support services to individuals and families in crisis situation.

The Department said that most of the assistance sought after by clients, to date, were cash and food assistance, and psychosocial help.

AICS is a regular program of the Department that serves as an immediate response to aid in the recovery of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals or families during unexpected life situations such as illness or death of a family member, natural and human-induced emergencies, and other critical incidents.

The aid is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIUs) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices, and Social Welfare Development (SWAD) satellite offices located in the provinces. ###

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