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Akbayan Partylist lawmakers Senator Risa Hontiveros and Congressman Tom Villarin on Monday presented the Gawad Aksyon at Solusyon to Ailyn Martinez, a former officer of Barangay Payatas as a testament to the positive impact of rehabilitative shelters for children in conflict with the law (CICL). The awarding comes on the heels of the Senate debate on a bill to make 12 year old children criminally liable.
Martinez worked for 5 years in Barangay Payatas as a desk officer for Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) concerns where she has helped children access the services of private shelters in partnership with the local government.
"Isang malaking karangalan ang makatanggap nito. Sana ay mas makilala pa ang papel ng barangay sa pangangalaga sa mga kabataan. Hindi natin kailangan ibaba ang edad ng mga nakukulong, kailangan itaas ang bilang ng mga barangay children's shelters at suporta sa mga workers kagaya ko," Ailyn Martinez said. (It's a huge honor to receive this award. I hope we will soon recognize the important role of barangays for our children's welfare. We don't have to lower the age of those we jail but increase the number of children's shelters and support to barangay workers.)