Social workers to monitor Manila’s delinquents

MANILA Mayor Alfredo Lim yesterday ordered the deployment of social workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to monitor establishments that operate in violation of laws that concern the youth.

Lim ordered DSWD chief Jay dela Fuente to implement starting Nov. 2 what is called the “DSWD foot patrol” program, wherein social workers will be monitoring the operation of establishments that usually commit the violations such as arcades, theaters, malls, bars and computer shops.

The mayor explained that the program intends to implement in the whole city the provisions of Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile System Act, especially of the child welfare and protection.

Dela Fuente said the adoption of the system came after the DSWD found a lot of establishments violating ordinances that involve the minors, like allowing the school children to play computers or drink liquor even during school hours.

Unfortunately, Dela Fuente said, some minors are even into prostitution with the operators of the establishments serving as pimps.

Under the setup, Dela Fuente said social workers will be monitoring the establishments and then make a report so that the DSWD can act based on the recommendations made. Jerry S. Tan

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