More than 90 members of the 5 Pillars of Justice System comprised of Family Court Judges, Prosecutors, Public Attorneys Office (PAO) Lawyers, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Local Social Welfare and Development Officers convened at the Ceremonial Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building in Trece Martires City on August 09, 2019 for a consultation dialogue to assess some prevailing issues of the youth and address the local government unit’s concerns in handling children in conflict with the law (CICL) cases.

Officer-in-Charge of PCLEDO and PSWDO Consultant Atty. Khervy Reyes warmly welcomed all the attendees. In his message, he stressed out everyone’s efforts to resolve the proliferation of juvenile crimes and proper implementation of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act in the entire province. Meanwhile, on behalf of Governor Jonvic Remulla, Provincial Administrator for Community Affairs Mr. Alvin Mojica, shared updates on the progress of constructing the Bahay Pag-Asa in the municipality of Indang. He also emphasized the provincial government’s continuous support to programs and projects that will cater the minors and provide immediate action in accordance with the law.

Head Secretariat of the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee Ms. Joanne Caño discussed and elaborated the enhanced process flowcharts explaining the R.A. 9344 as amended by R.A. 10630. The flowchart shows basis on how to manage CICL cases and Child at Risk (CAR) for assessment of Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), LSWDO, Katarungang Pambarangay, and Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD).

Police Chief Master Sergeant Vivian Bernas presented the CICL cases of Cavite for the two previous years. A total of 96 cases were received in 2017 while 95 cases in 2018. She also mentioned the need for temporary shelters or facilities in some areas of the province.

PSWDO Social Welfare Officer I Ms. Aurelia Cainday-Mendoza conveyed the consolidated issues and concerns in handling CICL and CAR submitted by different LSWDO in line with the implementation of R.A. 9344. During the forum, panelists were Judge Adeliza H. Magno- Gingoyon of RTC Branch 4 (Family Court)- City of Imus, Judge Raquel V. Aspiras- Sanchez of RTC Branch 3 (Family Court)- Tagaytay City, Judge Flordeliz E. Cabanlit- Fargas of RTC Branch 5 (Family Court)- Trece Martires City, Asst. City Prosecutor-OCP Imus Atty. Glenn Raymond Paradela, Head of Protective Services Division-DSWD Ms. Eloisa Rogado and Ms. Caño. Every difficult topic was discussed and clarified for easy understanding. They also provided suggestions that can help eliminate the crimes and problems.

Highlight of the event was the commitment setting wherein each pillar was asked to write down their promises which signify their dedication in protecting the welfare of children and promoting harmonious relationship.

The event was facilitated by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in collaboration with the Regional Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee (RJJWC) Region IV-A CALABARZON.