WHEREAS, the Juvenile Justice Welfare Council as a policy making, coordinating and monitoring body is tasked with the implementation of Republic Act No. 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, as amended by RA 10630;
WHEREAS, the JJWC will consult with the various leagues of local government officials in the formulation and recommendation of policies and strategies for the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the promotion of juvenile justice and welfare
WHEREAS, JJWC will oversee and ensure the effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Law at the local level, and ensure effective coordination among the following agencies: Council for the Welfare of Children, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Public Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Corrections, Parole and Probation Administration, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Commission on Human Rights, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Youth Commission, and other institutions focused on juvenile justice and intervention programs, as may be determined by the JJWC;
NOW THEREFORE; I, ATTY. FRANCES CYNTHIA J. GUIANI-SAYADI, by virtue of the powers vested in me by laws as City Mayor of Cotabato City, do hereby order the organization of the Cotabato City Juvenile Justice and Welfare Network (CJJWN) so that:
SECTION 1. COMPOSITION- The Cotabato City Juvenile Justice and Welfare Network (CJJWN) is hereby composed of the following:
SECTION 2. PURPOSE- This Executive order aims to establish networking structure that will coordinate among members to ensure the implementation of Republic Act No. 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, as amended by RA 10630, particularly:
a. Prohibition of the following acts:
b. Increase the capacities of local partners in developing and implementing child friendly policies and programs;
c. Facilitate the rehabilitation and mainstreaming of the child in conflict with the law and encourage community support and involvement;
d. Minimize the stigma that attaches to the child in conflict with the law by preventing jail detention.
e. Create a multi-sectoral task that could ensure the establishment of intervention and diversion program to restore the social functioning of a child in conflict with the law in preparation to his/her reintegration to the community.
SECTION 3. FUNCTION. In the realization of its mandate and the proper discharge of its duties and functions, the CJJWN has the duty to oversee the implementation of Republic Act No. 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, as amended by RA 10630, and all rules issued in relation thereto. Pursuant to this duty, it shall:
a. Take action as may be necessary for the performance of official functions, including rectifications and minimize any form of abuses;
b. Prevent disruption in the education or means of livelihood of the child in conflict with the law in case he/she is studying, working or attending learning institutions;
c. Prevent separation of the child in conflict with the law from his/her parents/guardians to maintain the support system fostered by their relationship and to create greater awareness of their mutual and reciprocal responsibilities;
d. Institute policies to prevent prevalence of children in conflict with the law through the formulation of appropriate Ordinances and Resolutions.
e. Implement the program and activities as stated in the national plan of action.
f. Conduct jail visit to monitor and oversee the strict implementation of RA 9344 as amended by R.A 10630 in the government detention cells.
g. Undertake information, education and advocacy campaign to prevent children from committing a crime.
h. Create, establish and/or implement systems and child-friendly investigation to ensure effective and efficient coordination and compliance with the protocol of handling children in conflict with the law;
i. Undertake resource mobilization activities to fund programs, activities and projects in the prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of children in conflict with the law.
j. Submit to the Regional Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (RJJWC) a comprehensive report on the programs undertaken on a quarterly basis.
k. Perform such other functions as it may deem necessary consistent with the national policies pertaining to children in conflict with the law.
SECTION 4. DESIGNATION OF ALTERNATES. Regular members may designate permanent alternate through letter of endorsement addressed to the Chairman to represent them in case of their absence.
SECTION 5. SECRETARIAT. Secretariat function shall be served by the Office on Social Welfare and Development Services, to be assisted by the Public Information Division of the Office of the City Mayor.
SECTION 6. FUNDING. Funding requirement will be integrated in the annual budget of Gender and Development Funds.
SECTION 7. EFFECTIVITY. This Executive Order will take effect immediately.
Done in the City of Cotabato this 18th day of November 2016.