/ 5 October 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development is considering implementing a three-strike rule for rescued children.

DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo said that with the policy, there will be tighter measures in dealing with street children who had been rescued by authorities multiple times.

Under the policy, parents shall be barred from getting back their children once they had already been rescued thrice by the government.

“Kapag nakatatlong beses nang ni-rescue ng pamahalaan, ng LGU ang iyong anak sa lansangan, tinitingnan namin kung pupuwede na bang kunin ng DSWD ang pangangalaga sa mga bata na ito,” Tulfo said.

He added that it will be better if these children were under the care of the DSWD if their parents keep neglecting them.

The DSWD chief said that he will consult legal experts and other government agencies, including Congress, the Office of the Solicitor General and Malacañang, about the legality of his proposal.