CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—Establishing centers for women, provision of livelihood and financial assistance, and strengthening community-based units for case management, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking, Child Pornography, Violence against Women and their Children (RIACAT-CP-VAWC)-10 targets to uplift the lives of women in observing the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW.
“Naghatag gyud ta og dakong pagtagad dili lang sa selebrasyon karon, as we celebrate the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, apan nanghatag ta og kahigayonan alang sa tanang kababayenhan nga maatiman, maampingan ug matagaan og proteksyon ang ilang rights,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rosemarie Conde said.
(We give special attention, not only in celebrating the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, but we always consider giving opportunities to women so we can take care and protect their rights)
Putting emphasis on the significance of promoting women’s rights, Department of Justice (DOJ)-10 Regional Prosecutor Merlynn Uy said during the Talakayan sa PIA at SM Downtown Premier, November 25, that for 2021, they received 612 VAW cases of which the highest was recorded in Cagayan de Oro City with 146 followed by Bukidnon with 105.
Other cases filed in DOJ-10 for 2021 involved children in conflict with the law (CICL) with 533 cases, rape (318), trafficking in persons (TIP) with 32 cases, and cybercrime (124).
Noting the number of VAW cases in Cagayan de Oro, Councilor Edna Dahino, who is also the chair for the committee of women and family relations, said the city government allocated budget specifically for empowering and protecting women.
“Sa CID (Community Improvement Division), naa’y mga seminars, still ongoing ang mga seminar despite sa atong pandemya nga nasinati. So wala muhunong ang atong syudad sa pagprotehir sa pamilya, which we claim nga ang pamilya gyud mao’y pinaka-core sa atong sosyudad,” Dahino added.
(Seminars are conducted by CID and they continue holding such despite the pandemic that we are experiencing. Thus, we did not stop in protecting our families, which we claim as the very core of our society)
For their part, Conde said DSWD-10, particularly in the community-based caseload inventory, served 365 women in especially difficult circumstances (WEDC) for the first three quarters of 2021. For their center-based management, DSWD-10’s Home for Girls served 43 clients and 11 clients from the Haven for Women.
DSWD-10 provided counseling, financial assistance, and referral to community-based unit for case management and other partner agencies for appropriate interventions.
With the theme, “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me,” the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW is slated annually every November 25-December 12.
For this year, RIACAT-CP-VAWC-10 will hold the distribution of IEC materials to various agencies and transport groups, video and logo making contests, and webinars to guide VAW desks of LGUs on becoming effective gender and development advocates. (RTP/PIA-10)