Philippine Youth Gangs and Delinquent: An Overview


Authors : Rudy B Gahar

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 5 - May

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Upon birth, a child is bestowed his rights as a member of society. He receives not merely the love and affection of his natural parents but also the aid and protection of his parent State. Children is considered as one of the most significant resources of the country, however, these children may go astray. This will lead them to become juvenile offenders. These juvenile offenders are joining youth gangs and become a national problem through their activities in drugs and numbers of crimes they commit. With this issue, the study seeks to assess the current status of youth gangs and delinquency in the Philippines after the reception of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child as well as other laws related to it. This study used mixed method of research which focused on acquiring information through open-ended and conversational correspondence. The study is delimited in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the participants are the officers and workers incharge on the in the implementation of the restorative justice and community-based intervention programs for children in conflict with the law. Based on the result of data gathered and documentary evidence presented at hand, the study suggests that youth join gangs and delinquency because of antisocial behavior, inadequate moral development, inconsistent parenting, lack of communication with parents, school adjustment problems, low IQ, and low self-esteem. Also, the protocols in dealing with these youth gangs and delinquent is in accordance with the provisions of R.A. No. 9344, as amended and the Family Courts Law

Keywords : Child in Conflict with the Law; Delinquency; Juvenile; Youth Gangs.

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