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New building of Bahay Pag-asa ng Laguna inaugurated

by Joy Gabrido
August 10, 2019

Usec. Yambao and Governor Hernandez pose with the staff of Bahay Pag-asa. (PIA4A)



CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The newly inaugurated building of the Bahay Pag-asa ng Laguna shall give hope to more children in conflict with the law (CICL) and children at risk as it may now house up to 50 children.

The new building of this transition home for CICL was inaugurated in the presence of the staff and officials of the Provincial Government of Laguna led by Gov. Ramil L. Hernandez, and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led by Undersecretary for Special Projects Mark Allan Jay G. Yambao last July 25.

“Itong bagong tayong Bahay Pag-asa will serve as a happy home para sa ating children in conflict with the law,” explained PSWD Head Ernesto Montecillo.

(This newly built Bahay Pag-asa will serve as a happy home for our children in conflict with the law)

The children, he said, will temporarily stay at the Bahay Pag-asa for guidance counseling by the OPSWD while awaiting for the decision of the court.

“Naka-inhouse sila rito for a minimum of one year after the commitment of the crime,” added Montecillo.

They are currently accommodating 16 kids ages 13 to 17, but with the inauguration of the new building, they will be able to house a maximum of 50 in due time.

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The OPSWD Head said the provincial Bahay Pag-asa is instrumental to serve as juvenile rehab centers for the municipalities, especially in the third and fourth district, that are not capable of building their own centers. In the province, only the cities of Biñan and Sta. Rosa have their own facility.

David, whose real name is not allowed to be disclosed, is one of the CICLs who are presently staying in the Bahay Pag-asa.

“Lalakasan po naming ang aming mga loob at magpapatuloy sa pagharap sa mga pagsubok na ito. Hindi po kami susuko tungo sa pagbabago dahil alam naming na di po niyo kami pababayaan,” he said during the program.

(We'll continue to stay strong in facing these trials We will not give up on trying to change for the better because we know you will not neglect us)

The additional building that is devoted in accommodating more children who are in conflict with the law is a significant symbol of hope for these children because they are given importance by the community they are living in.

As Governor Ramil L. Hernandez pointed out in his message, they are not only celebrating the blessing and inauguration of the concrete building but also the forged partnership among the National and Local Government Units and Agencies that is aimed towards realizing the programs and projects that benefit the Lagunenses, and particularly the young ones.

Moreover, Usec. Yambao commends the quality of the newly inaugurated building that he said was even more beautiful than some private dormitories in the University Belt.

“Dito po sa probinsya niyo nagmula ang National Hero na si Dr. Jose Rizal…sinabi niya na very famous sa atin sa history natin na ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan,” he said.

(It is in this province that our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, said what is very famous in our history, that the youth is the hope of our nation)

He said from the name Bahay Pag-asa itself, “pag-asa” implicates that there is still hope for the juvenile delinquents to start a new life and become a productive part of the society through the help of the government and non-government entities. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)

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