DAR 12 provincial women's desk office launched
by Michelle Angelique H. Barcelonia
Koronadal City (27 November) -- the Department of Agrarian Reform Region 12 (DAR 12), in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched its Provincial Women's Desk Office last November 10, 2008 at the Celema's Place, Koronadal City.
The DAR 12 women's desk provides service to the female employees of DAR and their children who are victims of violence and crimes as provided under Republic Act 9262 otherwise known as the anti – violence against women and their children; R.A. 8353 otherwise known as the anti – rape law; R.A. 8505 otherwise known as rape victim assistance and protection; R.A. 9208 otherwise known as anti – trafficking of persons and R.A. 7877 otherwise known as anti–sexual harassment.
The women's desk personnel will provide counseling to the victims while the DSWD will adopt the victim especially the children for counseling.
PNP's role include the investigation of the complaint, gathering of evidences, conduct physical examination and financial assistance for the victim's hospitalization in rape cases.
According to Mr. Angelito Cabacungan, Information Officer of DAR 12, the complainants may file cases against the perpetrators to the DAR office. (PIA) [top]