City needs P12.5M to run rehab facility for minors

THE Cebu City Government needs at least P12.5 million annually to operate the rehabilitation facility for minor offenders in Barangay Kalunasan.

But this could still go up because the amount is based on 2007 estimates of the Operation Second Chance (OSC) board.

Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña said the City Government needs to take over the operation of the OSC facility as provided under Republic Act (RA) 9344, otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

Osmeña, founder of the OSC, said the City should already start training people to handle and oversee the operations of the facility.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) told the City Government that it will pull out all its 18 personnel at the OSC in 60 days due to budgetary constraints, among others.

Osmeña showed reporters the operations manual of the OSC, drafted in 2007.

The manual says the P12.5 million includes the P3.8 million as direct cost of operating the OSC.

The amount covers home life service (P3.1 million) to minor offenders; health services (P209,000); educational services (P367,500); socio-cultural, recreational and spiritual activities (P30,000); and livelihood services (P75,000).

The total amount also includes P3.6 million in indirect costs, such as utilities, repair and maintenance (P3.5 million); transportation and gasoline expenses (P155,880); and kitchen utensils and other household commodities (P10,000).

Indirect cost also includes P155,000 for specialized services.

The total cost of operating the OSC includes P4.9 million in administrative costs. The amount covers salary of officials and employees.

Annabeth Cuizon, former secretariat of the OSC management board, said the amount needed by the City to fully take over the operations of OSC may still increase as the cost of commodities and services today is different from 2007.

Osmeña said BJMP had expressed its plan to pull out of the OSC some time ago.

u201cThey just keep on postponing it,” she said. “We should really prepare ourselves because the management of the OSC is really not their responsibility but of the social welfare and the local government unit.”


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