THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 denied allegations that it withheld an IP child in its custody from her father.
“The father and child were allowed to meet and talk at the facility of the department last Feb. 26,” said DSWD 7 in a press statement.
The IP child is among the lumad children “rescued” from a Lumad bakwit school in Cebu City last month.
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DSWD 7 said that it followed standard procedures and requested the father to wait for the Parenting Capability Assessment Report (PCAR) to be issued by the local social welfare and development office where the family resides before deciding on appropriate actions to be made.
“The PCAR establishes the parenting capacity of the parents and of the family to provide for the needs of the child. This will also guide the duty-bearers on what they can contribute to respond to the needs of the family, thereby ensuring the best welfare and interest of the children,” said DSWD 7.
The agency also said that before the IP (indigenous people) children are turned over to DSWD-7, there is a need to conduct a Parenting Capability Assessment by the concerned local social welfare offices where the children came from.
“The Parenting Capability Assessment is part of protocols to ensure that children will receive proper care. The assessment report or the PCAR is a requirement by DSWD-7 before the children are turned over to their parents or guardians,” said DSWD 7. (NRC/With WBS, PR)