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Advocates press schemes vs VAWC, trafficking in Region 8

Tacloban City (February 3) -- Determined to be victorious in its fight against trafficking in persons and violence against women and children, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their Children-8 (RIACAT-VAWC-08) is scheduled to conduct a strategic planning workshop on February 22, 2008, 11:00 o'clock in the morning at Fiesta Grill and Resto beside Elena's Bakeshop at Justice Romualdez St., Tacloban City.

This is the Region's contribution to President Gloria Macapacal-Arroyo Administration's which is firmly committed to protecting the rights and welfare of women and their children. The President time and again has always said that special care and protection must be to victims of spousal or parental abuse not only through services but through the rule of law.

This is the reason for the passage of Republic Act 9262 which is the legal framework that promotes and strengthens the rights of women and children from violence and threats to their personal safety and security.

Director Letecia Corillo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 8 informed that the holding of the workshop was per agreement of the Council during its December 11 meeting.

Each of the members of the Committee is expected to participate by preparing a draft of the respective agency's response to the key strategic activities that will be presented and agreed upon by the body during the workshop.

The RIACAT-VAWC in Region 8 was organized in consonance with the mutual agreement between the Philippine Government and the United Nations for Family and Population (UNFPA) to respond to violence against women and children.

The RIACAT-VAWC -08 serves as the coordinating body or mechanism in the Region, on issues and concerns relative to trafficking and violence. It also monitors the enforcement and compliance of the relevant laws, promotes anti-VAWC activities, and networks with the other stakeholders.

Among the actions already done by the Committee is the passage of a resolution requesting the Philippine Public Safety College to include in its curriculum, the orientation on RA 9262, RA 9208 and other related laws.

It is important that the law enforces must be aware on these laws pertaining to women and children, so that they will know how to react to situations like domestic violence.

Another is the passage of a resolution requesting the Provincial Government of Southern Leyte that the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Crisis Center be used as a temporary shelter for victims of human trafficking.

Director Corillo sounded a request to all the members to get involved in the said planning workshop and be part in charting the direction of the Region towards a strengthened advocacy against trafficking and violence against women and children. (PIA 8) [top]

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