24 February 2012
Librado gets nod of council during 2nd reading of Juvenile Intervention Program ordinance
DAVAO CITY–The proposed ordinance providing for a juvenile intervention program for children in conflict with the law (CICL) and children at risk (CAR) was approved on 2nd reading at yesterday’s regular session at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Councilor Leah Librado-Yap, proponent of the said ordinance says that with the passage of this measure, we can be hopeful that Dabawenyos would actively manifest their desire to see a better system of addressing the issue of juvenile justice at the local level.
“Even armed with a city-initiated Chidren’s Welfare Code, which was recently amended, we feel the need to closely address the issue of restorative justice, at our end, and in the context of the steadily increasing rates of crimes in our city, juvenile delinquency and gangsterism”, Atty. Leah Librado pointed out.
As mandated by RA 9344, this local ordinance hopes to lay the groundwork for a restorative justice system at the local level and appropriating a budget for the necessary intervention and diversion programs, as well as other related services for CICL and CAR.
The salient features of the law include the creation of a juvenile intervention facility, to be known as Children’s Village of Davao City, as the institution to cater and provide for the needs of every child in conflict with the law.
The same will be made operational within one year from the effectivity of the said approved ordinance.
Councilor Leah A. Librado
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