It was launched last April 28, 2016 as a first of its kind, world-class because of its facilities. Just recently, the three-storey Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) Residential Care Center at Purok 8, San Miguel village in Indangan, Buhangin, Davao City, was certified one of a kind as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Davao certified it as having complied with the Third Level Standards on residential-based programs and services for children and youth.
Level 3 is the highest level for residential-based facilities. “CJFI is the only Level 3 accredited NGO (non-government organization) in the region. We consider this as one of the important milestone of CJFI for 18 years,” CJFI corporate communication management officer Anne Marie Amul said in an email.
The certificate of accreditation was received by Area-Based Standards Network 11 President and CJFI Executive Director Rosemarie Dimagnaong from DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat last December 19.
The DSWD Standards Bureau has affirmed that CJFI has satisfied the provision of Section 23 of Republic Act 4373, an Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines. Section 23 sets the rules on Registration of Social Welfare Administration. CJFI is also licensed to operate in Region 3, Calabarzon, Region 7, Caraga and NCR.
The CJFI facility in Indangan can accommodate up to 60 children. It has a computer laboratory funded through a grant with Dell International Services, a mini library, a playroom, a social activity area, an isolation room and observation room for clients with emotional and psychological concerns, a room for person with disability, a counseling room, a spacious dining room that at present gets steady supply of bread from Bread Talk. The children housed at CJFI in Indangan attends classes at the Jose Maria College Indangan Campus right beside the residential center. The center caters to neglected, orphaned, and abandoned children.Originally published by: Stella A. Estremera of SunStar Davao