Full- circle with their own group

Written by Ma. Luisa Bautista

Finally, a group they can embrace their selves in.

In partnership with the Office of the Vice- Mayor (OVM) of Quezon City, Center for Restorative Action (CRA) training paid off as they witnessed how a trained barangay indulge an organized group for children at risk (CAR) and children in conflict with the law (CICL).

One of the part of the training given by CRA in the Module 2, their common problem is the participation rights of the children in their respective barangays and the involvement of the youth to their activities. Most of the youth were involved into formation of gangs and most of them cause trouble instead of helping in their barangays.

To address this, Barangay Balingasa organized the Balingasa Youth Association (BYA) that caters the CICLs and CAR at their barangays and also provide them with counselling. The current president of the BYA is a former CICL and one of the regular activities of BYA is the library session of their co-children.

The action that the barangay has taken is a very good exemplar on how to encourage the youth to participate in the barangay’s Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) committees and activities in order to prove that the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 can be implemented in the community level.