The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) confirmed that 12 of the 14 rescued minors in Talaingod, Davao del Norte were already returned to their parents and guardians following a court decision that was released to concerned parties, including the DSWD Field Office (FO) XI.

Based on the report provided by the regional office, all the children who were discharged from the DSWD’s custody were provided with clothes, shoes, and other personal effects, and will be referred to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Talaingod for aftercare services.

“Our field office in Davao Region has already processed the return of the children to their parents and guardians. We also assured the children and their families that we shall continue to coordinate with them to ensure that they will be provided with appropriate support and interventions,” DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said.

The DSWD FO-XI also offered to provide Balik Probinsya Transportation Assistance to the parents and their children but only one parent accepted the transportation assistance worth P5,000 and family food pack.

Meanwhile, the two boys who are still staying in the Home for the Aged in Tagum City are still waiting for the findings on their parents’ parental capability assessment report (PCAR) that will be submitted by the MSWDO.

The PCAR is a document used in child protection cases to assess the capability of the parents in raising a child. ###