The city government of General Santos City has constructed a P10-million rehabilitation facility for children in conflict with law (CICL).
Known as the “Bahay Pag-Asa,” the one-hectare facility was formally opened Wednesday, the local government said.
It has various amenities like clean water system, recreational building, and a basketball court.
In the main living quarters, there are separate bedrooms and bathroom for boys and girls, while the dining area is shared.
The facility is located in the farming area of Barangay Sinawal to lower the exposure of children toward harmful elements. There are perimeter fences that were installed to prevent them from escaping.
“The entire facility has passed the standards of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for social facilities,” the city government said.
Mayor Ronnel Rivera said he was happy that Bahay Pag-Asa has been inaugurated.
“We are hoping that through this Bahay Pag-Asa, we can further foster the welfare and interest of our children and protect them from abuses,” he said.
Of the P10 million budget for the project, P5.6 million came from the local government, P2.4 million from the Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) for the installment of the water system, and P2.5 million from the national government.
Even before the formal opening of the Bahay Pag-Asa, the local government said that the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) already started its operation.
There are currently 33 children housed in the facility.
The CSWDO said that 20 of them are confirmed CICL, while the remaining 13 are rescued children.