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Youth center aims to be “center of excellence”

ILOILO CITY -  The Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras aims to be the country’s first Center of Excellence in residential facility for children in conflict with law.

RRCY is one of the three residential facilities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 in the region located at the five-hectare lot donated by the municipality of Nueva Valencia. It aims to provide residents who are children in conflict with law ages 15 years old and below 18 the ambience of a home for their reformation.

Center Head Julian Ledesma said the RRCY is the only center out of the more than 30 nationwide that was conferred with a level 2 accreditation by the Standards Bureau of the DSWD Central Office.

Ledesma said the donations and support given by the local government units, academic institutions, non government organizations and even international organization like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have brought lots of improvements to the center’s infrastructures and services benefiting residents.

The center is now attracting not only local non-government organizations but also other countries. The Philippine government has recently recommended RRCY for visiting Malaysians for their studies as their government is also planning to put up a rehabilitation facility.
Currently, the center has 33 residents coming from the various parts of the region who have committed crimes such as against property and person, chastity, on special laws and other complex offenses. Fourteen of them have attained elementary level education, three are elementary graduates, nine are high school graduates, and seven, high school level.

Ledesma said the center also boasts of the products made by the residents through their skills trainings, displayed in their showroom. Products include the center’s signature product, stone patch, where some of the precious stones used are taken from San Remigio, Antique.
He said, at this time, residents are busy in the production of decors for the Christmas season.  The products are sold and some of the proceeds generated are sent by residents to their parents.

Ledesma said the livelihood program is part of the preparation for the reintegration of residents to their respective families or relatives and eventually, to become a productive member of the community.

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