Tacloban women join hands to advocate law on violence against women and children
Tacloban City (September 6) -- Women must help fellow women. This is what the women from both private and government sectors led by City Councilor Cristina Romualdez, PIA 8 Director Olive Tiu, DSWD 8 Director Letecia Corillo and Rotary Club of Kandaya President Catherine Bonavitacola wanted to convey in their advocacy activity conducted along Rizal Avenue Thursday afternoon.
The women joined hands in hanging advocacy streamers and putting advocacy stickers with slogans on women's rights on public utility vehicles passing along Rizal Avenue, Tacloban City in order to strengthen the advocacy on the eradication of violence against women and children as provided for in Republic Act 9262.
Honorable Romualdez said that there are now many cases of violence among women and children. There are women who are battered and children (minors) who are being forced to work many times by their own parents. The City Government of Tacloban will not tolerate this, Councilor Romualdez said.
Ms. Liliosa Baltazar, the City Social Welfare and Development Officer said that these past days, the City has been conducting surveillance operations together with the City Philippine National Police. She also expressed hope that the women will learn about their rights and responsibilities and that the mean will treat women with respect.
Director Tiu said that it is the responsibility of empowered women to also empower their fellow women. She is saddened by the fact that many of the battered wives are women who are employed either in government or in private companies. She said that women need to be oriented on Republic Act 9262 which was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on April 2004. This law made domestic violence not as a family issue but a social issue and even the police and the neighbors could be the complainants. With the full support of the City Government of Tacloban through Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Hon. Cristina Romualdez, the advocacy will reach greater heights and results, Dir. Tiu said.
This activity was also supported by the Land Transportation Office personnel who served as the traffic enforcers so that the vehicles will stop, the City PNP through its women's desks, the personnel of the City DSWD, the personnel of PIA 8 and the members of the Tri media in Tacloban City. (PIA 8) [top]