BOTH barangays Tablon and 27 were cited for having outstanding Violence Against Women and Children Desk as Cagayan de Oro City launched on Monday, November 26, the 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW).
Jehan Macron, focal person of the City Planning and Development Office said the top barangays almost got a perfect score in the criteria, which includes the Establishment, Resources, Policies and Plans, and the Accomplishment of these plans.
“In the Establishment criteria, we visited their VAWC desks and checked if they have the necessary equipment such as first aid kits to respond to possible cases of violence. We also ensured that they have enough resources to accomplish their plans,” Macron said.
The search has two categories, the numbered and non-numbered barangays. For non-numbered, Tablon received P50,000 as cash incentive for being first, followed by barangay Lapasan with P40,000, and Agusan with P30,000.
Barangay 27 meanwhile received P35,000, followed by barangay 22 who received P30,000 and barangay 18 with P25,000.
Only a total of 54 barangays have active VAWC, Macron said, adding that the remaining 26 villages were not available during their visit.
Macron said one of the common cases is physical abuse between the husband and wife.
“This is why in this 18-day campaign, we will still visit barangays to raise awareness about the Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act and encourage cooperation in the community to report to the barangay if they know any VAW cases in their area,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking- Violence Against Women and their Children (RIACAT-VAWC)-10 has provided free legal, medical, psychological and other services to those with legal concerns on their marital status, child support and other VAWC related cases at the City Hall Mini Mark.
The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence.