DAGUPAN CITY (PIA) – The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported a gradual decrease in the number of children who are victims of abuse and other crimes in Pangasinan from 2018 to 2022.
PCPT Noeralyn Tamayo, chief of the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Pangasinan PPO, said there were 319 cases of children’s abuse and other crimes recorded in 2018, 346 in 2019, 284 in 2020, and 246 in 2021.
Tamayo said from January to November 15 this year, there are 178 cases recorded for children who were victims of rape, homicide, murder, physical injury, robbery with homicide, theft, and violation to the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016.
Of the total number of cases, PPO’s data revealed that violation to Republic Act 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 has the most number of offenses recorded against children.
According to PMAJ Ria Tacderan, provincial information officer of Pangasinan PPO, there are 252 girl-victims of rape in 2018; 292 cases in 2019; 271 in 2020; 230 in 2021 and 165 cases from January to November 15, 2022.
“This is a matter that we have to take seriously. Although pababa po ang datos nito ay hindi po biro ang numero ng mga batang ito na nagiging biktima ng pang-aabuso ng kanilang kalaro, kaklase, kaibigan, kapitbahay maging ng kanilang mga magulang at kamag-anak,” Tacderan said during the Tongtongan ed PIA media forum of PIA Pangasinan.
Likewise, she encouraged all the members of the community, especially the parents, to help in guiding and educating the children on the ill effects of rape and its prevention.
“Ito po ay hindi lamang trabaho ng kapulisan. Sa ating mga magulang at lahat ng members ng community, kailangan po natin magtulong-tulong na protektahan ang ating mga kabataan laban sa rape at iba pang kriminalidad,” Tacderan added. (JCR/AMB/EMSA/PIA Pangasinan)