CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 14 (PIA) – The Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) in Northern Mindanao held today, June 14, 2018 an orientation cum Local Policy Forum to its local counterpart, Local Committee Against Trafficking-Child Pornography-VAWC, to intensify its campaign and collaboratively address the problem of trafficking and VAWC in the region.
Aileen Gabor of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 said the activity primarily aims to establish and strengthen local structure that will collaboratively address the problem of trafficking and VAWC.
In the region, SPO3 Joraline Montilla of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 reported 355 cases of violation of Republic Act 9262 or the special law that defines acts of VAWC.
From such number, 89 were reported from Bukidnon, Camiguin, 9, Lanao del Norte, 19, Misamis Occidental, 26, Misamis Oriental, 80, Iligan, 10, and Cagayan de Oro, 122.
Montilla said majority of the victims are of legal age and majority of the suspects’ are husbands of the victims. She also cited 211 cases linked to alcohol usage of the perpetrators.
For cyber crimes committed in the region, PO2 Ritchil Manabo of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office (RACO)-10 reported 213 cyber crime incidents for January-May 2018, tallying 90 cases for online libel, 19 violations of RA 9995 (Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009), 2 violations of RA 9262, 2 cases on RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act), and 2 cases on RA 9775 (Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009).
Noting the number of VAWC cases in the region, the RIACAT-VAWC urged the local counterparts to intensify information dissemination and ensure attendance of possible perpetrators, monitor attendance of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries (husbands and wives) during monthly meetings, and utilize force multipliers who conduct visibility patrol.
Gabor also reminded the LCAT-CP-VAWC their functions to institute policies and programs to protect women and children who are victims of trafficking and violence, and create and establish systems on surveillance, investigation, and rescue to ensure effective and efficient coordination.
They also need to undertake information, education, and advocacy campaign against trafficking in persons and VAWC, monitor and oversee the strict implementation laws for the protection of women and children, and of the national plans of action.
By conducting such forum, Gabor said they are hoping for an increase of capacities of local partners in developing and implementing culturally appropriate and gender responsive policies and programs.(RTP/PIA10)
Source: PIA Feed