THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas transferred five lumad (indigenous people) children from a DSWD-run facility in Cebu City to a DSWD center in its field office in Soccsksargen on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
In a press statement, DSWD-Central Visayas said that this move brings the children nearer to their parents who live in Sultan Kudarat.
The children were among the lumads “rescued” from a retreat house in Cebu City in February 2021.
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The transfer was decided during a meeting on March 1, 2021 in Cebu City with the children’s parents, representatives of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Lebak and Colombio, Sultan Kudarat, and DSWD-Central Visayas.
They also agreed that the lumad children should undergo further psycho-social processing and participate in recovery and healing activities in a DSWD residential care facility.
The local government units of Lebak and Colombio will provide livelihood support to the children’s families and look for a “safer” place for them to live in.
During the transfer, the lumad children were accompanied by social workers and house parents. (NRC)