• Halfway home eyed for abandoned children

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    The Quezon City (QC) government, through the QC Council for the Protection of Children, has prioritized in its medium-term investment plan (2013-2016) the construction of a halfway home for abandoned and neglected children who are in conflict with the law.

    On orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the city government has already approved the P22-million budget required for the construction and initial operation of the two-storey halfway house, which will be built within the Bernardo Park compound in Kamuning.

    Of the P22-million budget, P14 million will be spent for the construction and the remaining P8 million for the initial one-year operation of the halfway home.

    The city’s halfway home will accommodate 50 minors aged 15 to below 18 years who have been discharged from the Molave Youth Home.

    The city government-operated Molave Youth Home serves as a 24-hour residential and rehabilitation center for children in conflict with the law who have cases pending in QC courts.

    Minors who have no known family or whose family is not capable of taking custody of them, will be accommodated in the halfway home to avoid recidivism.

    The city’s Social Services Development Department headed by Teresa Mariano shall oversee the operation of the halfway house, which will provide not only homelife services, which includes shelter and food, but also academic and skills training.

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