Pangilinan wary of P1 B budget for Bahay Pag - asa | Inquirer News

Pangilinan wary of P1 B budget for Bahay Pag – asa

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 05:51 PM May 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is questioning the increase in the appropriation for the construction of Bahay Pag-asa or halfway houses / reform centers for youth offenders to P1 billion.

READ: Additional P1 billion for youth centers questioned


“While an increase in funding for the construction of more Bahay Pag-asa is welcome under the guidance of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, we are alarmed by the sudden P1 billion increase in budget (over 1,000 percent) and wary that this will not be utilized for its true purpose.” the opposition senator said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The problem has always been with the implementation of the law,” he added.


“More funding means more ways in which the law will be implemented, but it also means more ways in which the fund may be mismanaged,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan asserted that more Bahay Pag-asa units is welcome “as an avenue for restorative justice, for children who are only victims of their circumstance.”

“It means that there is no need to criminalize children,” he said.

The senator also said that local government units need to revisit their thrusts, adding that they share half of the responsibility in building Bahay Pag-asa in their jurisdiction.

“We hope the DSWD can provide a comprehensive plan on how to properly implement the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act and make Bahay Pag-asa real homes of hope without criminalizing younger offenders,” Pangilinan said. (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bahay Pag-asa, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.