Cordillera Administrative Region – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has inaugurated three newly renovated facilities, two of which were improved under its Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF) Project.
The CRCF Project which aims to build client-responsive facilities was first implemented by the Department in 2017 with a budget of around P603 million. Back then, the amount was only sufficient to cover the basic repairs in the facilities. In 2018, the Project’s funding was increased to P2.3 billion covering 210 infrastructure projects in the country.
In the region, the Project started in 2018. A year after its implementation, DSWD-CAR has inaugurated the Regional Haven for Women and Girls (Regional Haven) and the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) on October 14, 2019. The Regional Training Center was also inaugurated on the said date.
The inauguration was graced by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista who gave his assurance on the readiness of the Department to extend help to those in need.
The Regional Haven is a residential facility that provides alternative family home care to girls and women who are survivors of abuse, exploitation, neglect or violence. It also serves as a temporary shelter for clients needing protective custody and psychosocial interventions. Currently, the center caters to nine residents.
On the other hand, RRCY serves as a nurturing out-of-home placement for children in conflict with the law who are in need of intensive treatment for the rehabilitation and final reintegration into his family and community. Seven residents are currently availing the services of RRCY.
Meanwhile, the Regional Training Center is currently being used for the conduct of various institutional development and capability building activities. It also equipped with a dormitory which is expected to accommodate transients later this year.
DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla encouraged strong collaboration among the stakeholders for better service delivery.
“Let us use these facilities as our jump board to provide enhanced service to clients who are in need and continue our efforts to work together in providing the necessary interventions for the rehabilitation and reintegration of our residents,” Director Quintilla said.
Aside from the said facilities, the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) located in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet is still under construction. Completion of the center is expected within December 2019.
RSCC is a 24-hour residential care facility for 0-6-year-old children. It provides protection and rehabilitation services through temporary residential care to neglected, abandoned, abused, exploited children, and those with special needs.
Individuals who are in need of the said services from the centers can coordinate with the DSWD-CAR through its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams in their respective provinces or at #40 North Drive, Baguio City or through (074) 661-04-30 or (02) 396-65-80.