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Normin gears LGUs on gender-responsive, child-friendly governance

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Prioritizing children and women in the planning, budgeting, legislation and delivery of services of local government units (LGUs), the different councils for the said sectors held the regional orientation on the creation/reactivation of local committees on violence against women, VAW tool and Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), November 17.

“This orientation is very timely because it will strengthen our efforts and solidify our gains in the fight against human trafficking and violence against women and children,” Department of Justice (DOJ)-10 Regional Prosecutor Merlynn Barola-Uy said. 

During the orientation, various agencies provided the regional situationer on the fight against VAW wherein for the online sexual exploitation and abuse of children (OSAEC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 reported that 72.22% of the victims are children, especially younger ones who tend to use social media and engage in unsupervised online activities. 

The same goes for sexual exploitation wherein 66.66% of the victims are children who have been rescued from pimps or sex slavery. Also, from January to September 2021, majority of the victim-survivors rescued or referred on human trafficking are female (83.33%). 

As of October 31, 2021, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 has recorded 625 violence against women (VAW) cases of which 129 are from Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City (182), Misamis Oriental (145), Misamis Occidental (70), Iligan City (49), Lanao del Norte (35), and Camiguin (15). 

On the most prevalent crimes on VAWC from January 1-October 31, 2020, PNP-10 recorded 478 cases on RA 9262 or anti-VAWC, anti-rape law (57), acts of lasciviousness (55), rape-RPC (7), and theft (4). There are also 678 cases on violence against children recorded for January 1-October 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, for the Trafficking in Person (TIP) cases in Region 10, DOJ-10 recorded 207 cases filed in court of which 49 were convicted, 8 were acquitted, and 32 were dismissed in court as of November 10, 2021. There are also 10 cases filed in the prosecutor’s office. Bukidnon has recorded the most number of archived cases with 32. 

“Cases involving trafficking in persons (TIP) have been steadily rising in the region,” Lawyer Ruby Malanog of DOJ-10 said, citing that the region is a source, destination, and a major trans-shipment point of trafficked persons to be sent to other places.

Taking the lead on fight vs VAWC

Carrying on the determination to protect women and children, Lawyer Khristine Kay Lazarito Calingin of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Normin Office, cited ways on strengthening the delivery of services for VAW victim-survivors and in improving their help-seeking behavior through VAW mapping.

Calingin added that through VAW mapping, LGUs can ascertain the forms of VAW services they can cover and whether they are geographically concentrated in a specific locality. It is also a way to produce a resource directory of VAW services.

The VAW mapping tool will comprise the LGU demographics, existing VAW mechanisms, programs and services, challenges, and recommendations.

For their part, Michelle Espedido of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 underscored the guidelines in monitoring the functionality of local committees on anti-trafficking and VAWC (LCAT-VAWC).

Espedido said the LCAT-VAWC shall be assessed in the organization, meetings, policies, plans and budget, and accomplishments.

For the establishment, strengthening and monitoring of LCPCs at all levels, Espedido said DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2021-039 was created to ensure that children’s rights and welfare are mainstreamed in the LGUs’ development plans.

LCPCs will be rated based on organizational sustainability, policies and plans for children, budget for the BCPC, and service delivery monitoring and management for children. The functionality will be defined as basic or attaining a rating of 20% below, progressive (21-50%), mature (51-79%), and ideal (80-100%). 

The orientation is part of the lined up activities in celebration of the National Children’s Month, 18-Day Campaign to End VAW and the 10th Juvenile Justice and Welfare Consciousness Week. (RTP/PIA-10)