LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: A multi-agency approach is needed to prevent juvenile delinquency in the province which is now rising as evidenced by the increasing number of youth offenders being arrested.
This was stressed by Senior Supt. Sterling Raymond Blanco, officer-in-charge of the Provincial Police Office (PPO), in a briefing during the first meeting of the Pangasinan Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Lingayen on June 6.
Blanco called for further cooperation and assistance from various line agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd) to prevent juvenile delinquency.
The meeting was called by PPOC chairman Governor Amado Espino Jr.
Blanco disclosed that there were 55 children in-conflict with the law (CICL) that were recorded during the first five months of this year.
He added that of these cases, the biggest number are on theft and rape.
This problem should be a multi-agency concern especially from the DSWD and even the DepEd and even parents as prevention should start from home and the school, remarked Blanco.
At the same time, Blanco underscored that information drive in schools especially on illegal drugs and even sex education shall be strengthened.
He added the police is doing its part in information dissemination in schools regarding illegal drugs, and were showing to pupils and students the things that they must not touch, taste and sell.”
At the same time, the youth offender, after his arrest by the police is being referred to the DSWD for counseling. PNA