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Designation of social worker aides in city villages sought
Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO
City, 4-13-2014


Barangays here were urged to designate social worker aides to respond to juvenile and domestic cases within their level.

The city council earlier adopted a resolution authored by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda stressing the need of assigning social worker aides to tackle such cases needing immediate action.

“The influx of people of varied orientation and culture created an alarming social concern for policy makers and service providers (resulting) in an increase in juvenile and domestic cases and other problems,” the resolution noted.

It stated although this concern is within the domain of the Social Welfare and Development Office, it cannot cover all the barangays because of its limited manpower and resources.

“The barangay, as the governing local government unit, is empowered to formulate programs to ensure efficient and effective delivery of the basic services that will address this concern,” the resolution said.

“It is also authorized to use its fiscal power to create positions and designate personnel, on a salary or honorarium basis, for the welfare of its people.”

The barangays were also asked to include the honorarium for the position in their annual budget.

Due to the alarming number of cases involving the youth, a  special committee tasked to study proposals to amend Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act proposed the establishment of “teen courts,” which will exclusively deal with cases involving youth offenders.



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