Bahay Pag-asa Dasmariñas is a transformation center for children in conflict with the law. Instead of detaining them in detention centers, these children will be cared for in a monastery-type center inside the 27-hectare campus of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas with the following objectives:
- Administer a holistic formation program for children in conflict with the law;
- Provide competent and committed legal assistance; and
- Implement a post-release program
"To nurture children-in-conflict with the law in achieving their full potentials and to be a venue for them to become positive resources for church and nation ,particularly in the CALABARZON area and other neighboring cities or municipalities".
These youth are expected to take part in the following programs:
- Basic Education
- Spiritual Formation and Values Education
- Livelihood and Skills Training Program
- Post Release Program – parent education, family counseling, home visits, job referrals and placement, scholarships, guardianship, hotline services, cooperative learning groups, legal assistance, peer support networking, entrepreneurial skills, and homecomings.
This section is under construction.
Since 2001, the De La Salle Brothers of the Philippine District have established in Bacolod City a transformation center for children in conflict with the law which aims to nurture and form young children to become well-adjusted, responsible, well-educated, and confident individuals who are able to effectively participate in, and positively contribute to community and country. After years of operation, the center produced good results and became a milestone in Western Visayas.
The vision to have a similar facility in the island of Luzon became a reality when the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bahay Pag asa Dasmariñas took place at the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) Campus on May 22, 2008. This endeavor was a joint undertaking with the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLS-HSI) and support from the PLDT SMART Foundation, Inc.
The Center is DLSU-D's response to the call from the Center of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rome and the Philippine District Chapter to all De La Salle Brothers and Lasallian partners addressing the needs of our youth-at-risk and brings hope and help them become responsible individuals of our society.
- Department of Justice
- Cavite Police Department
- Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
- Department of Social Welfare and Development
- Provincial Government of Cavite / local government
- Civic organizations and communities
- CALABARZON and Metro Manila local governments
Who qualifies are beneficiaries of this project?
- Child refers to a person under the age of eighteen (18) years.
- Child at risk efers to a child who is vulnerable to and at the risk of committing criminal offenses because of personal, family, and social circumstances.
- Child In Conflict with the Law (CICL) refers to a child who is alleged as, accused of, or adjudged as, having committed an offense under Philippine laws.
A child fifteen (15) years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability.
- Resident refers to CICLs housed in BPD
The center will accommodate male disadvantaged youth offenders or CICL who were entrusted to DLSU-D by the Family Courts of the Province of Cavite, Region IV-A and parts of Metro Manila through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) focusing on the Bahay Pag-asa program for the protection of the youth-at-risk. Likewise, the center will serve as Police Formation Center for the uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police.
Primary beneficiaries of the project are CICL who are:
The center will not accept:
- Between the ages of 15 years old + one day to 17 years old + one day;
- Sentences are suspended because they are minors but are housed in separate quarters, or worst case, mixed with adult criminals;
- Minors with on-going court proceedings;
- Resident of the City of Dasmariñas (as top priority) and other neighboring cities/municipalities in consultation/coordination with BJMP and DSWD.
- Ordinary street children;
- Youth with serious mental disorder;
- Youth drug addicts;
- Youth with case of arson, highly contagious health conditions such as leprosy, socially transmitted diseases;
- Youth with repeated offenses or recidivist; and
- Youth who refuse to undergo the rehabilitation plan set by the BPD.
- Administrative offices
Director's Office, Reception Area, and Admitting Hall
- Residents' quarters
Six dormitories for 60-100 residents, Brothers' Residence and guest quarters
- Learning Centers
Classrooms, Library, Counseling Room, Computer Room, Audiovisual Room, Laboratories / Workshops (arts and crafts, carpentry, electronics, tailoring and barbershop),
- Culinary Arts Laboratoyr, Farming, Gardening
- Sports and recreation areas – sports complex, recreation hall, music room
- Spiritual reflection areas – chapel, prayer garden and shrines, prayer room, Way of the Cross
- Service areas – Dining hall, Kitchen, Green house, Outdoors, Staff quarters
Bahay Pag-Asa Office
DLSU - Dasmariñas
Cavite, Philippines 4115
For questions and inquiries:
email the Bahay Pag-Asa Secretariat
+63 (46) 481.1900 local 3077
Direct Line: +63 (46) 481.1945
+63 (2) 779.5180
Be a Volunteer
Lasallians and friends may fill-out the Application Form and send it back to Bahay Pag-asa Dasmariņas or to the College of Criminal Justice Education