HLAF, DLSU-Dasmariñas and Bahay Pag-Asa Dasmariñas team up for a training course on juvenile justice and restorative justice

Written by Ma. Luisa Bautista


De La Salle University-Dasmariñas- Thirty-eight enrollees from different government and private agencies completed the four-day intensive course on Fighting Illegal Drugs in the context of Juvenile Justice and Restorative Justice held on August 21 to 25, 2017.

The intensive course is under the creative program of the College of Criminal Justice Education of De La Salle University Dasmariñas.  The Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HLAF) tapped one of the leading academes in the Philippines with first-hand experience in handling institution-based CICL through their Bahay Pag - Asa Dasmariñas to give a better understanding of the juvenile justice in the current problem against illegal drugs.

HLAF is also an accredited education provider by the Social Work Council of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).  Social Workers who completed this intensive course garnered 33 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units.

“I hope this course will enlighten everyone of what’s best for our children. May all of us also continue to support each other to fight for what’s right and implement the law without fear or favor.” Dean of College of Criminal Justice Education, Alrien Dausan, PhD, said during the opening remarks of the intensive course.


The thirty-eight participants together with the speakers of the intensive course on Fighting Illegal Drugs in the context of Juvenile Justice and Restorative Justice.


During the four-day intensive course, the enrollees engaged with Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, Atty. Mary Catherine Alvarez, Ms. Cristian delos-Reyes Udarbe, RSW and Ms. Claudette Almadin, RSW as their speakers. The speakers tackled Child and Drug Sensitivity, Child Protection, Drug Addiction, Effective Case Management Process in Children and Addiction, Steps and Skills in Case Management, War on Drugs Framework, Global Drugs Policy, Philippine Drug Situation, The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Human Rights Concern of Drugs, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Framework, The Juvenile Justice System of the Philippines, Procedure of handling CICL, Liabilities of CICL, Special cases of CICL, Diversion, Diversion Proceedings and Restorative Justice Framework and other related topics.

Also, the enrollees of the intensive course were able to engage with the residents of Bahay Pag-Asa Dasmariñas through their interactive learning sessions. The enrollees were divided to five groups to be able to engage hands-on with 18 residents of Bahay Pag-Asa Dasmariñas. Bahay Pag-Asa Dasmariñas were able to provide two days for the interactive learning sessions of the enrollees.

On the third day of the intensive course, the enrollees were able to have socials night with the 18 residents of Bahay Pag-Asa Dasmariñas. They joined forces to perform different talent performances that showcased the skills of the residents like playing the piano and guitar, singing and dancing.

The intensive course is the first training of De La Salle University Dasmariñas together with Bahay Pag-Asa Dasmariñas and the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation. This 2017, there will be another two sets of training course tackling concepts on juvenile justice and restorative justice.