Issue of November 3, 2019
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RCAT-VAWC boosts efforts for protection of women, children
by Maria Aprila W. Cruz

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and its partner agencies continue to strengthen efforts to protect, empower, and address concerns on trafficking and violence against women and children. 

During the 3rd quarter meeting of the Regional Committee Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (RCAT-VAWC), member-agencies shared their efforts in relation to VAWC.

DSWD OIC Regional Director and RCAT-VAWC Chair Leo L. Quintilla announced that they recently inaugurated the newly-rehabilitated regional haven for women and children located near the DSWD regional office.

It’s time to improve the services and the infrastructure to ensure that it is conducive for rehabilitation of its clients and residential care facilities, he said.

The regional haven was established in 1999 to enable women especially those on difficult circumstances and children in need of special protection to recover from traumatic experiences, restore social functioning and regain self-worth and dignity.

Lawyer Mabelyn Palukpok of the Commission on Human Rights also reported that under the Magna Carta of Women, the CHR is designated as the gender and development ombudsman.  One of the institutional mechanisms set by the local government unit is the Barangay Violence Against Women (VAW) desk. 

She said their monitoring is focused on the presence of barangay VAW desk, means of creation, trainings attended by VAW officers, awareness on the barangay protection order, availability of facilities, data management and GAD fund.

Based on data provided by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and based on the CHR’s monitoring, all the 1,175 barangays in the Cordillera have VAW desks as of 2018. 

The Department of Health likewise reported the presence of women and child protection units in government hospitals in the region, and continuing capacity building of municipal health officers.

The Department of Tourism is conducting trainings and seminars that promote sustainable tourism practices with special focus on ensuring that the rights of children and women are protected to tour operators, tour guides, travel agency and transient houses.

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