MANILA, Philippines-Social Welfare and Development Secretary and Chairperson of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council Corazon Juliano Soliman is pleased with the recent signing of Republic Act 10630 or An Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines, amending for the purpose Republic Act 9344, otherwise known as the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.”

Secretary Soliman pointed out that the biggest achievement of the amended law is the provision of a comprehensive and effective intervention program aimed at curbing the involvement of children in crimes.

Secretary Soliman explained that RA 9344 was amended to ensure a more focused intervention for children involved in serious crimes especially those who are below the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

“An effective intervention for serious crimes had always been the bone of contention and the amendment has clarified the process,” Secretary Soliman further explained.

It became clear during deliberations at the Congress and Senate that crime among the young could be linked to poverty. Poor children at risk or who are in conflict with the law are more vulnerable to abuses and that they need more effective intervention to change their behavior and problems.

Likewise, Secretary Soliman said that the bulk of the budget for the amended law is allotted on the establishment of Bahay Pag-Asa, a center where CICL can have the chance to reform through  various services.

Meanwhile, Secretary Soliman thanked President Aquino and the members of the Congress and the Senate for ratifying the law saying, “This is a clear manifestation of the Aquino government’s unwavering commitment to provide a protective and enabling environment for Filipino children to grow safely and become useful citizens of the country,” Secretary Soliman said.