City steps in against barangay VAWC cases

As part of the 2014 Women’s Month Celebration, the City Local Government Operations Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the City Social Welfare and Development Office and the City Gender and Development (GAD) Council has organized an orientation among Barangay Chairs for the Referral System on Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) last March 25, 2014.

The one-day orientation was categorised into two parts: the lecture discussion and workshops on proper filling up of forms and on stepping forward to sustain the gains of the program. The lecture proper had Atty. Reynante Evangelista discuss on RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Act; City Local Government Operations Officer Mr. Jose Obrero discussed on the role of barangay officials in the implementation of laws on violence against women as prescribed under DILG-MC 2004; Men Opposed Violence Everywhere (MOVE) Catbalogan City Chapter President Mr. Virgilio Rojas on how men can be part in the prevent of theses cases; and PNP Women and Children’s Desk Officer Ms. Jobelle Magdasoc discussed on the situationer on VAWC cases in Catbalogan City.

RA 9262 is the “ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN ACT OF 2004, was adopted / signed on March 8, 2004 and took effect last March 27, 2004. It is the law penalizing acts of violence against women and their children as a public crime. These acts include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence and

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The 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) revealed that one in five women aged 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15; 14.4 percent of married women have experienced physical abuse from their husbands; and more than one-third (37%) of separated or widowed women have experienced physical violence, implying that domestic violence could be the reason for separation or annulment.

The steps that the city engages in through the initiatives of City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan are small but relevant steps towards elimination of these social issue that affects not only children and women, but families and societies in general.

(Photos and data provided by the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development)

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