DSWD holds child treated like a dog


ORANI, Bataan: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday afternoon temporarily pulled out from the parents a one year and five months old male child whose picture was featured in social media tied and treated like a dog.

The pictures showed the naked child tied with a string around his neck with the caption, “my new pet dog.” The picture has gone viral and elicited criticisms against the mother.

The 23-year old mother from Orani town, Bataan admitted to have posted the picture of her child “bilang katuwaan lang (just for amusement).”

She asked forgiveness for what she did, adding that she loves her child dearly and that she had not intended to harm him.

The DSWD, however, was not convinced and proceeded to take custody of the child.

“Temporary under care muna namin sa Reception Study Center for Children ang bata. Pwede naman siyang bisitahin ng nanay upang pa-dedehin,” said Lucrecia Cruz, head of the center located in Lubao, Pampanga.

“Ang nanay ng bata ay magkakaroon ng counseling at psychological intervention. Maaaring ma-release ang bata depende sa assessment sa mga magulang kung kaya na ba nilang mapangalagaan ang anak,” Cruz added.

The child was brought to the Orani District Hospital for a medical check up before he was brought to the center.

Elizabeth Cruz, social worker based in Bataan, said the parents of the child reported to their office and explained what happened.

“Ipinaliwanag nila ang nangyari at sinabing katuwaan lamang yon. Sinabihan ko sila na malaking kamalian iyon at hindi maaaring katuwaan lamang ang ganoon sapagka’t malaki ang pananagutan nila sa anak,” the municipal social worker said.

The father and grandfather of the child asked that the mother be not judged as a bad one. “She is a good and a caring mother. Please forgive her for what she did,” they said.


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