GROUPS often visit this DSWD-operated center located just at the heart of the city for outreach programs. Some often spend their birthdays with the center’s clients while others just drop by to give their extras.
While people have varied reasons in visiting this place, the Social Focus will provide our readers of things they need to know to guide them on how they can be of better help to the women and girls temporarily residing in this haven.
ALMOST (if not) all levels of government provide services for individuals and families in crisis situations.
Our readers should understand that even the lowest level of governance, the barangay local government unit, is mandated to assist people in emergency or similar difficult circumstances.
YES. Let’s talk about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this time.
I am quite certain that we often hear or see the acronym but know a little or worse, nothing about these goals.
NOW I can definitely claim that I am on "travel mode" this April. From my field work in the Mountain Province, I traveled to the famous or shall I say infamous province - especially during election season - Abra.
Though violence and indigence labeled this area for long time, I never had second thoughts of traveling to this place whenever needed at work. Well at least it is not only the guns or the goons I think about but the sumptuous "miki", "sinaglao", and "bagnet" this place offers.
IT WAS too late when I realized I forgot to send a piece for this column last week. I only got into my senses when good friend JM of Sun.Star asked me about my promotion.
Well, I have to be honest I overlooked that one. Thanks to Sun.Star for still allowing this piece to come out. And my congratulations to Ate May Anne who has assumed responsibility as Sun.Star's officer in charge.
LAST week, the Social Focus presented salient points of Republic Act No. 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” particularly on the definitions of “child” and “child abuse”.
As a review, we have defined “child abuse” as either habitual or non habitual maltreatment that encompasses both physical and psychological faculties of the child.
WE OFTEN hear, if not use ourselves, the term “child abuse” whenever we see images of cruelty to children. More often than not, we equate physical injury with child abuse not knowing that this term encompasses a whole gamut of mistreatment on children.
In this issue, the Social Focus will attempt to translate Republic Act No. 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” to a more comprehensible manner.
OVER 12,000 families in the Cordillera Administrative Region will be “graduating” from the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program at end of the year. That means these families will stop receiving their cash grants after the five-year assistance period for their health, nutrition, and education needs.
Of course, the public will be very much interested on what will happen to these families. Was the program effective to alleviate their living conditions? Did it really benefit the poor? What awaits these families after 2013?
WHEN I was in my elementary and high school years, March was only Fire Prevention Month. Not until I went to college that I have come to know March as Women’s Month.
Since then, I have been keen to know what theme the celebration would carry for each year. In fact over the years, I have been attending rallies and parades to support this celebration.
ON 12 February 2013, about two months after its enactment in December last year, the interagency committee on Republic Act (RA) No. 10353 or the “Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act” has finally promulgated the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
The committee in-charge of the IRR is composed of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), and Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos).