Throughout its 22 fruitful years of being ABS-CBN’s child welfare and protection arm, Bantay Bata 163 was able to incredibly launch projects that enable them to reach out to thousands of Filipino at-risk and disadvantaged youth nationwide – and one of those was the Children’s Village.
Established in 2003 in Norzagaray, Bulacan, the Children’s Village has since then become a temporary home for kids who are victims of domestic violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Aside from providing shelter wherein the rescued youngsters can heal and recover from the trauma brought by abuse, as well as regain their confidence as they face their new lives, it also offers health and wellness care, nutrition, education, and psychological development through the joint efforts of social workers, health care professionals, and house parents.
Among those children that this project was able to help were the Briol siblings, whose story was imparted by news presenter and Bantay Bata 163 program director Jing Castañeda in this special report.
Due to their father’s sudden death and their mother’s imprisonment, the three kids were left abandoned. Fortunately, they were rescued in June 2018 by the Social Services and Development Department (SSDD) of Quezon City and was turned over to Bantay Bata.
Just like other rescued youngsters, they were momentarily accommodated at the Reception and Action Center, wherein their conditions were assessed to make sure that the intervention that would be done to them was appropriate, before they were brought to the Children’s Village.
Last May 30, they were reunited with their mom, Linda Auguis, who’s indeed very grateful to the aid unconditionally given by Bantay Bata. She just got emancipated and is now raising them through her income as a food vendor.
“Binibigyan natin sila ng pagkakataon na ma-rehabilitate o maibalik sa kanilang mga pamilya, at eventually sa lipunan natin,” Tina Pasion, the Officer-in-Charge and Supervising Social Worker of Bantay Bata 163-Children’s Village, said, referring to one of the core objectives of their advocacy.
It can be recalled that the Bantay Bata 163 Children’s Village was “relaunched” last year after it temporarily ceased operations in 2014 as the organization made some reassessment in the programs and services they offer, as well as to give way to the renovation and repair of their decade-old building structure.
Watch more of Bantay Bata 163 Children’s Village’s story in this video.