Violence vs women, children in Oro rising

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Monday, March 3, 2014


CASES on violence against women and their children in Cagayan de Oro City are on the rise, an official of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) that handles cases like these said Monday.

Sheryl Macarangal of the Cocpo’s Children and Women’s Desk said the rising cases could be attributed to the information campaign the Cocpo office, particularly the women’s desk, has been conducting.

Based on Cocpo’s records, Macarangal, through a text message sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro, said that in January this year, 209 cases were referred to the women’s desk.

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Of the 209 cases, the city police recorded 19 physical injuries cases, three acts of lasciviousness, one case of attempted rape, and five cases of rape, one case of parricide, three cases of threats against women and 183 violations of Republic Act 9262 (RA 9262) or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) law.

She said every female police officer assigned in police stations in the city gives lectures on women’s rights in villages and in primary and secondary schools.

Rose Lacanglacang, regional director of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) of the Department of Justice, confirmed that the information drive conducted by various agencies on violence against women and children enabled women to report any violence inflicted against them, thus the rise on the recorded cases.

“We have a lot of cases on violence against women because they have been informed about their rights. They dared to come out of their houses and filed complaints on the violence committed against their humanity,” Lacanglacang said.

She added that women nowadays are more confident because they know they are protected by their rights.

Macarangal said women from communities can go to police precincts to assert their rights under the law and complain on violations against these rights.

Most of the cases recorded are on abuses -- physical, emotional and psychological.

Gauging effectiveness

Lacanglacang said there is no method to gauge the effectiveness of the people assigned in handling VAWC cases in the villages.

She added that the advocacy campaigns are intended to help capacitate the women’s desk in the barangay level.

Lacanglacang also said that five percent of the total budget of the barangay should be apportioned to gender and development activities as mandated by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

“The five percent is just the minimum amount,” Lacanglacang said.

She said aside from the male and female gender, the homosexual has already been recognized, adding that there is no law that can be used for cases on violence involving them, but the Revised Penal Code is a good option whenever they are violated.

However, Lacanglacang emphasized that the correct foundation on gender sensitivity should start at home by informing the children their rights while still young to avoid all types of violence, and “that people, regardless of gender, should be aware of their rights and get involved too.”

“They should report to the police if they notice any violation against women in their surroundings,” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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