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DSWD-Ifugao conducts paralegal training

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (22 November) -- In ensuring the full implementation and mainstreaming especially in the barangay level of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Laws, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) here conducted a four day training on Para-legal and Gender Responsive Case Management (GRCM) on November 18-21 at Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

Provincial Social Welfare Officer Joyce Niwane said the training will equip VAWC service providers on the proper knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior in addressing cases of VAWC.

Niwane said that domestic violence has for a long time been hidden in the homes of affected families. Its effect on the victim-survivors, who are mostly children and women, are not being addressed upon due to shame, hence the culture of silence, she added.

"We hope that the participants will be able to advocate awareness on the implementation of the law, deepen involvement of the citizenry in addressing domestic violence and uphold the rights of women and their children," Niwane said.

Participated by Municipal Health Officers, Police officers, Municipal Social Welfare Officers and presidents of the Association of Barangay Captains, the training which focuses on the implementation of R.A. 9262, otherwise known as the "anti-Violence Against Women marked a high point in the history of the country's commitment to uphold and protect the rights of women and their children.

Niwane disclosed that the law in itself is an indication of the need to involve the citizenry in addressing domestic violence and mandating the barangay officials to perform certain roles to defer further acts of violence against women and their children.

VAWC is one of the issues that face our communities. "More often than not, victim survivors opt to keep silence for shame, if not they are doubtless of whom to seek help and how to seek help," Niwane said.

Records obtained from the PSWDO show that throughout the province, there were 43 sexual abuses committed to children from January to September 2008, 18 cases of violence against women and 77 cases of Children In Conflict with the Law. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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