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RIACAT-VAWC tackles measures to fight trafficking and violence against women in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City (November 10) -- The Regional Inter Agency Committee Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women in Eastern Visayas is set to meet on November 22, 2008 at D'Circle along Real St., Tacloban City in order to tackle moves to strengthen the fight against trafficking and violence against women in the Region.

Director Leticia T. Corillo, DSWD Director and RIACAT-VAWC Chairperson said that among the agenda which will be tackled during the meeting is the proposal of the City Government of Tacloban, thru City Social Welfare and Development Officer Liliosa Baltazar, on the posting of stickers prohibiting admission of minor in the company of adult men especially foreigners in business establishments such as restaurants, karaoke bars, hotels and beach resorts.

The Committee will also discuss the finalization of plan of activities in connection with the commemoration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women which will run from November 25 to December 12, 2009.

During the meeting which is the 4th Quaterly meeting, the Committee will also tackle the updates and feedback from the Local Government Units regarding the conduct of orientation activities on RA 9262 and RA 9208 and other laws related to hotels and motel owners.

As an anti-trafficking and anti-violence body, RIACAT-VAWC is tasked to monitor and oversee the strict implementation of RA 9208, RA 9262 and other related laws for the protection of women and children, and of IACAT and IACVAWC national plans for action. It also has to create, establish and/or implement system on surveillance, investigation and prosecution, and to create and establish systems on rescue and reintegration to ensure effective and efficient coordination.

Another function of the committee is to recommend, coordinate and monitor the implementation of local policies and programs to protect women and children victims of trafficking and violence, and to undertake information, education and advocacy campaign against trafficking in persons. In addition, she said it is also the function of RIACAT-VAWC to undertake resource mobilization activities to fund programs, activities and projects against trafficking in persons and for the support of trafficked persons and victims of VAWC.

Finally, the committee shall consolidate and submit to the national IACAT and IACVAWC a comprehensive report on the actions and programs undertaken by the provincial and municipal/city offices in support of the implementation of RAs 9208 and 9262 on semestral basis, and to perform such other duties as may be directed by the national IACAT-IACVAWC. (PIA 8) [top]

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