"You should be proud of who you are and what you are. You've taken a part in your life to cater the least, lost, and the last. Make the most... It's like a dream you'll never have again. There's a wonderful future waiting for them." President of De La Salle University - Dasmariñas, Brother Augustine Boquer FSC, EdD, graced the 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers' Congress: National Conference on Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice last May 30-31, 2018 by giving inspirational message regarding their advocacy on children through their Bahay Pag-Asa-Dasmariñas.
Br. Gus quoted. He ended his message by "Lord, the work is Yours."- never stop hoping and someday, what are you dreaming, hoping and believing will be at the palm of your hand." He also shared how the residents of Bahay Pag-Asa - Dasmariñas' residents are helped to be healed through different activities and programs offered to the residents.
The 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers' Congress: National Conference on Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice was attended by 180 participants from different local government units, non-government agencies and stakeholders. The said national conference is accredited by CPD Council for Social Workers with 14.75 CPD units. HLAF's Executive Director, Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, gave his welcoming remarks to the participants during the first day. He noted that the national conference is DLSU-Dasma and HLAF's simple contribution to elevating the discourse on these otherwise complex and challenging topics and recognized the need for implementers to learn and share good innovative practices in the field.
John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues Research Associate, Ms. Melanie Ramos-Llana, gave the participants an overview on restorative justice. She's explained that restorative justice is a process to involve to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligation, in order to heal and put things right as possible. Testimonials from a former children-in-conflict-with-the-law, and case manager were also delivered from Brgy. Commonwealth and Brgy. Longos.
On the afternoon session of the national conference, Former Deputy Director for Reformation of the Bureau of Corrections, Mr. Martin R. Perfecto, shared the overview of the Bureau of Corrections; the overview of children-in-conflict-with-the-law (CICL) in an adult corrections facility and the reality of CICL at the Bureau of Corrections. Then, Legal Officer of the Police Regional Office IV-A, Atty. Judy Lopez, discussed the Juvenile Justice and Law Enforcement in the Philippines to the participants. She's noting the process of the law enforcement and case to case scenario for the children-in-conflict-with-the-law.
HLAF's Executive Director, Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, discussed the Juvenile Justice and Drug Policy as the last topic for the first day of the 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers' Congress: National Conference on Juvenile Justice, Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice held at De La Salle University - Dasmariñas.
On the second day of the 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers' Congress, UNICEF's Child Protection Specialist, Mr. Jesus Far, discussed to the participants the Juvenile Justice and Social Welfare System as the first topic discussion on the national conference. P/Insp Elenita Sandoval of the Women and Children Protection Center of the Philippine National Police followed as she presented a good innovative welfare practice of a national agency by discussing the fundamental functions of the WCPC in relation to handling cases of children and youth during the Day 2 of the 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers Congress today at De La Salle University- Dasmariñas.
The 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers’ Congress is an annual congress conducted by HLAF. This year’s national conference is the 6th commencement of the congress.