The Bacolod City government has allocated a budget of P10 million for 2020 for the rehabilitation and improvement of the Social Development Center facility and its administration building in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, executive assistant Samuel Montoyo Sr. said.
Montoyo, cluster head of SDC, said he also requested for a budget of P2 million this year for the repair and improvement of the perimeter fence of the SDC,and for the hiring of additional Public Order and Safety Office guards to prevent the escape of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) from the facility.
He said that, aside from the eight house parents of SDC who were earlier replaced for violation of their rules, there are four other regular employees who are also being investigated. The eight house parents requested to be reinstated but he has requested the mayor that if ever they are reinstated, they should not be re-assigned to the SDC but to other offices.
Montoyo said that after an investigation was conducted based on several reports and other evidences they received, these house parents who are job order casual employees of the city, have not only tolerated the illegal activities of the CICL but had also been in connivance with them.
They have allegedly allowed the escape of several CICL, tolerated their activities of engaging in the business of having their cellphones rented, in-house prostitution, involvement in illegal drugs, among others. They have also received reports that there are house parents who also try to hurt CICL physically and tell them not to obey the SDC management, he said.
SDC head Roselyn Rubrico said they presently have 15 house parents aside from the POSO guards assigned to the facility.
Rubrico said they have certain rules house parents have to follow in order to help in the reformation of CICL) in the facility.
They have a total of 35 CICL at the SDC and out of the 35 about 19 are involved in R.A. 9165. The rest have cases involving frustrated homicide, theft, trafficking, murder and robbery, she added.*
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