Background Of The Study
As a ten year-old child, in 1971 I listened as a missionary to the Philippines spoke to the children assembled at Delta Lake Bible Camp in Rome, New York, USA. Just a few months earlier I became a born-again Christian. I then personally prayed to become a child of God, cleansed of all my sins by His blood. I dedicated my life to serving God in the city which this missionary was serving. Twenty-three years later, I took the journey halfway around the world to the Philippines. Once I had completed the decades of education and service in schools, colleges, seminaries and churches, I began this present ministry on Philippine soil. After the tsunami hit the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, I joined a humanitarian aid team to work side-by-side with the United Nations in an effort to assist the survivors in Indonesia; specifically the hard-hit area of Banda Aceh. Half a dozen nations were represented on the team, and one official was a pastor from Scotland, namely, Rev. Gregory Dixon.
A few months after we each returned to our respective countries, Pastor Greg emailed me to express concern about juvenile criminals in the Philippines being incarcerated with adults and often ending up with documented abuse and molestation. Upon my invitation, Pastor Greg came to the Philippines and stayed at Barner Learning Center Christian school (of which I am the president and founder), for three months. We then proceeded to visit government offices and to research jails, boys’ homes, girls’ homes and drug rehabilitation centers in Davao and Eastern Mindanao. It was decided on February 2, 2007 that we incorporate the “Father's House Facility” (FHF) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This institution would build a juvenile detention center for children in conflict with the law (CICL) with the aim of teaching the child criminals about Jesus, and transform their focus in life, in essence, “from crime to Christ”. A few months after the FHF first board meeting, Congress enacted Republic Act No. 9344; an act establishing a comprehensive Juvenile Justice and Welfare System (JJWS), creating the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) under the Department of Justice (DOJ). This Act provides for a “diversion/intervention program” for redirecting CICL from
streets and jails into rehabilitation centers (Agonia, 2007). This law encountered problems in its implementation to include a lack of sustainability, due to inappropriate funding appropriations and/or funding parameters to include an expectancy that Filipinos will increase their gambling so that funds will be provided via the Sweepstakes Commission: Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). Since the approach of RA #9344 has been seen (via graphs in Davao Counselor Dayanghirang's data, see Table C, Figures 1-4) to be a cause of increased, not decreased juvenile criminal instances in Davao City, therefore the provision in RA #9344 for religious NGOs to assist can here play a part. Religious entities in Davao City include mainly Muslim, Christian (both denominational and non-denominational), Catholic, Cult groups, and Lumads. While each of these groups may use this opportunity to better their communities, Christian rehabilitation is able to be carried out by the multitude of Christian Non-government Organizations (NGOs) which are already in place in Davao City. This opportunity was suggested by the framers of RA #9344 , who provided for religious NGO involvement in the rehabilitation of CICLs.
Scope And Delimitations
This study focused on 21 of the 500 grade-schoolers of the Barner Learning Center, Inc. (BLC), located in Buhangin, Davao City. The study will not include the other 479 BLC students presently on campus, since they are not as prone toward delinquency (as perceived by the CARR) as the 21 CS. The design of this case study in this approach is neither narrative, story telling nor picture drawing, but a descriptive account...
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