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Healing life through music

A former child in conflict with the law (CICL) visited the DSWD 7 Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Argao, Cebu.

Vic (not his real name), 26, a resident of Cebu City, now works as a seaman and currently taking steps to become a chef of a cruise ship.

His recent visit in RRCY has inspired the staff and the CICL residents who welcomed him through a short program where he shared his testimony.

In his testimony, he encouraged the CICLs to focus on their rehabilitation, to treat each other as family, and to continue learning while they are at the center.

“Good education is like a treasure, we must hunt to find the pot of gold,” said Vic as he emphasized the value of education and hard work.

As a former CICL, Vic spent four years of his youth as a gang member. It was only cut short when he was accused of committing a crime.

According to him, his first week at the RRCY was so lonely and he kept crying.

He spent four years in RRCY. While undergoing rehabilitation at the center, he also helped himself recover through music.

He learned to play musical instruments like guitar and drums while at the center and became the RRCY band’s guitarist and soloist for their performances.

He said the motivation and opportunity given to him by the government through the RRCY, inspired him to continue his education.

His perseverance and determination has paid off. Now, he is reaping the fruits of his labor.

He now owns a house, a car, and a motorcycle.

Vic’s story was featured in the book “A Journey with Children: Living and Working on the Streets in the Philippines” published by the United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

A Journey with Children: Living and Working on the Streets in the Philippines

In that book, he was quoted saying, “Life is unpredictable when you are part of a gang. It felt cool, but I was wrong.”

He ended his visit in the RRCY with a song. To him, music speaks louder than words and he will continue using it to reach out to the CICLs. ###


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RRCY-CICL client in his Story of Success

Renante (not his real name) was only 15 years old when he was charged with murder, August 5, 2009. He was a fourth year high school student when he was placed at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Candabong, Argao, Cebu. The RRCY is a facility ran by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) where male residents undergo intensive treatment and rehabilitation to prepare them for reintegration to their families.

At the center, Renante was engaged into various reformation activities. He became participative and obedient to the policies of the therapeutic community modality program, which aims to foster the rehabilitation of Children in Conflict with the Law.

Renante became one of the RRCY VII-CICL Officers who was responsible in facilitating the life skills sessions and religious gatherings. Eventually, he became one of the flag bearers in RRCY-CICL drill. The drill trains and nurtures discipline and leadership among the youth.

Mrs. Nida N. Cagigas, supervising house parent said, “Renante is respectable and responsible. He is not a demanding person and he is very industrious. He can be trusted, in fact, I considered him as one of my client buddies in the facility during his stay.”

Mrs. Susan S. Ortiza, RRCY VII Cook, added, “Renante was helpful in the kitchen, diligent and initiative. He always presented himself neat and tidy, willing to work without close supervision.”

Renante was one of the clients who undergone the aftercare capability program for the CICL. He took the Alternative Learning System and technical and vocational skills training such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), carpentry, masonry and the like at the Magone, Don Bosco Boy’s Home Compound in Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu.

With the full support from both RRCY and Magone Home Staff, Renante passed the October 2010 Examination for Alternative Learning System which he took at the Dalaguete National High School.

In June 2014, Renante was given a scholarship from the Salazar Institute of Technology in Cebu City and took up Bachelor of Science in Criminology. During his studies, the support from his family, RRCY team and Magone Home Staff was unending.

“Thank you so much to all the benevolent souls who restored my faith and lifted me up high to reach my goal. I dreamed to be a registered criminologist so I can legally protect and serve our nation. This is my way of giving back in return”, said Renante.

He visited the RRCY to personally express his gratitude to the RRCY staff and to deliver worthy insights to the present CICL clients in the center. He shared to the clients that they can also achieve their goals in life. A strong determination, good attitude and resilient faith in God can surely turn nobody to somebody.” ###


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Family support important factor in CICL rehabilitation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII believes that family support is crucial in the rehabilitation of the children in conflict with the law (CICL).

Dako gyud ang matabang sa pamilya aron ma-fully rehabilitate ang ilang anak diri sa atong center (The family is a big help in the full rehabilitation of the child in our center),” said Eppie Partosa, Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) head.

A CICL talks to his family during the Family Day activity conducted in RRCY.

Partosa said this DSWD-run facility based in Argao, Cebu serves as temporary rehabilitation and treatment center for children below 18 years of age who are in conflict with the law through center-based structured activities.

“Strong emotional support from the family would encourage our CICL to actively participate in our daily activities which are important in the rehabilitation process of the CICL. These activities would keep their minds focused on the things they do and prevent them from thinking of leaving the center,” added Partosa.

RRCY provides programs and services that include social (group counseling sessions and therapy), home life (daily chores and personal hygiene), productivity skills training, and spiritual and formal education.

These CICLs have pending or suspended cases in court and majority of them come from the province of Cebu and some from the provinces of Bohol and Siquijor.

Sakto nga rehabilitation ug dili rehas ang tubag aron makahatag ta nila ug paglaum ug maka-amgo sila nga gidawat gihapon sila sa katilingban (Appropriate rehabilitation and not putting them in jail is the answer in giving them hope and letting them realize that they are still accepted by the society),” Partosa underscored.

Family visitation in RRCY is allowed once a month.

Furthermore, rehabilitation does not stop inside the center but also after they are reintegrated in their family and community. ###


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6 CICLs graduate Elementary Education

Six (6) children in conflict with the law (CICL) recently finished from their elementary education at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in the southern town of Argao, Cebu.

6 CICLs receive their elementary graduation diploma.

Jason (real name withheld) acknowledges the support of the families, friends and RRCY staff to CICLs whom they consider as their uncles and ‘titas’ who constantly guide their way.

“To all our classmates and brothers here in RRCY, who have grown with us and in us, you have colored this journey with laughters, pains and joys. It’s a blessing that we have shared a few of the most memorable years of life together. These ties shall remain strong wherever life may lead us,” Jason said in his graduation message.

Jason received an academic achievement and most collaborative awards.

The five other graduates also received special awards during the graduation ceremony attended by DepEd local officials.

Pupils from grade one to five were also recognized.

Leo Moises Lison, presiding judge of RTC Branch 3 in Tagbilaran City, in his inspirational message, encouraged the CICLs to be good and cultivate positive values while staying in RRCY.

Dili makatabang ang balaod kung magbinugoy o magpabadlong mo (The law could not help you if you misbehave),” Judge Lison said.

Kung magtinarong mo diri sa RRCY, muabot ang panahon nga i-recommend mo nga fully rehabilitated na (If you behave properly here in RRCY, time will come that you will be recommended as fully rehabilitated),” Judge Lison added.

The ceremony was also attended by the families and relatives of the CICLs.

As part of their rehabilitation process, CICL have been provided formal education inside the RRCY compound.

After the graduation ceremony, the CICL and their families were given enough time to bond together as they participate in various recreational activities.

CICL graduates sing their graduation song.

RRCY is a residential institution of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that provides care and rehabilitation to male juveniles in conflict with the law who are 9-17 years old. ###


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