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Council vs abuses of women, trafficking of children strengthened

By Alice Nicart

Borongan, Eastern Samar (28 October) -- The Provincial Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women and Children (PIACAT-VAWC) in the province of Eastern Samar is set to reinvigorate its strength following reports of increasing violence in women and trafficking of children.

In a meeting held recently, the PIACAT-VAWC arrived at a consensus to seek the support of the Provincial Board through a position paper which would lead to the implementation of Gender and Development (GAD) funding provisions.

Mrs. Nita Cablao, representative of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, mentioned among others, that like any other project, the Council has to be funded in order for it to move effectively, specially that the reported cases of violence and trafficking are in far and remote places which would require visitation and monitoring.

She also noted the importance of a livelihood component which must be looked into by the Council in order to provide jobless women with alternative jobs.

"Livelihood programs surely boost the morale of women and their husbands as well, and this way, domestic abuses could be prevented," Cablao said. "Thus, this Council and its stakeholders should move faster," she concluded.

Since its reorganization, PIACAT-VAWC has so far conducted a series of advocacy in schools and far-flung communities which has contributed to the increasing reports on women's and children's abuses.

"Unfortunately, this is just a tip of the iceberg," Engr. Daniel Aboy quipped.

Aboy works with Eastern Samar Child's Rights Advocates, a faith-based child's rights group. He said they can do more if only they have the logistics.

However, Mrs. Brenda Basada, Social Worker of PLAN Philippines reported that there were cases in the recent past which did not thrive because complainants would usually back out eventually.

"This is makes us frustrated," Basada continued because according to her, they usually would assist the victim from the start of the case.

But, in the said meeting, Provincial Fiscal Cornelio Umil stressed that it is different today. According to him, the court does not honor anymore any affidavit of desistance on child abuse cases and trafficking, thus the Warrant of Arrest is issued outright.

PIACAT-VAWC was reorganized by Governor Ben Evardone's Executive Order No. 01.(PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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