URAYONG, BAUANG, La Union Sept 4 (PIA) — Fulfilling his promise to return to the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY) in Barangay Urayong in Bauang here during his last visit in June 26, Philippine National Police Chief, Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome visited the center again on September 1.
During his visit, the PNP chief gave musical instruments and toiletries to around 76 children in conflict with the law (CICL) residents in the center.
PSuperintendent Jovencio S. Badua Jr, the acting Chief of the Police Regional Office 1 Public Information Office, in an interview said that Bartolome during his previous visit was amazed by the presentation of the CICL Band complete with vocalists, guitarists, and drummer but lacks keyboardist.
This, Badua said, prompted the PNP Chief to donate Yamaha instruments like one unit Digital Piano, one unit Gig Maker, five pieces of drumset, one set Sabian SBR Performance, one piece AC Adaptor, one piece Single Brace Stand, and one Pair Firth Classic Hickory-5 A.
The PNP-Regional Public Safety Batallion Band will train these children-offenders to become more adept with the musical instruments they specialized with, Badua added.
For PNP Chief Bartolome, inter-agency coordination is an important tool in helping in the rehabilitation of the CICL.
“This is our way of building their confidence and let them excel and develop their talents to have better options than being swayed to wrong habits,” he said.
Rolando Fortes, RRCY Supervising Houseparent represented Bella Ferrer, RRCY Head in accepting the donations for the CICL as he expressed gratitude and admiration to PNP Chief Bartolome and to the PNP for bringing hope and aspirations to their residents.
“You are all important to us, and as what I have promised when I first visited your Center, we have returned. I hope that all of you will follow all the advices of your administrator here for the fulfillment of their goal of giving all of you another chance to change and live a normal life,” Bartolome stressed.
He likewise urged them to follow the example set by the four former residents wherein two of them became police officers, one electrical engineer, and a professional welder.
Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, PRO1 Director assisted the guest who came along with Police Directors Samuel B. Diciano, Director for Operations and Roque Ramirez, Director for Comptrollership.
The RRCY is a facility run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) wherein male juvenile delinquents undergo intensive treatment and rehabilitation to prepare them for the reintegration to their families and communities.
The CICL (residents) are boys between 15 to 18 years old ordered by the court to undergo rehabilitation while waiting for the resolution of their suspended cases. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from PRO1)