DILG records VAWC cases during quarantine
QUEZON CITY, June 27 (PIA) – The quarantine measures imposed throughout the country to stop the spread of COVID-19 did not deter victims and survivors of gender based and VAWC violence from filing a report in the barangays, a Department of the Interior and Local Government official said.
In a virtual PCOO Town Hall Meeting held Friday, Usec. Marjorie Jalosjos, DILG Undersecretary for Mindanao Affairs confirmed cases of Gender based Violence during the quarantine period from March 16- June 15, 2020, and while this is saddening, victims and those who witnessed these violations were able to report to authorities.
“Nakakatuwa pa rin na kahit papaano ay nagkakaroon po sila ng pagkakataon na ireport ito, magsumbong sa Barangay para matugunan ang kanilang problema,” Jalosjos said.
Jalosjos sharing the result of their monitoring on the functionality of Brgy VAW Desk as stated in DILG MC# 2017-114, reported that there were 5,030 victims of Violence Against Women with daily average of 55 victims and 2,000 victims of Violence Against Children with daily average of 22 victims reported in the barangays from March 16 to June 15, 2020.
Records from March 16-June 15, 2020 shows higher VAWC reported cases, compared to the previous months of January -March 15 which has 3,651 VAWC cases reported nationwide.
The increase in VAWC Cases was due the disruptions brought about by the imposition of lockdown in the country, DILG Usec Jalosjos said.
“Ito ung mga panahong talagang na-lockdown sila, depressed ang mga magulang, hindi alam kung anong gagawin, (ang mga bata) natigil ang kanilang eskwela, ang mga magulang ay natigil din sa trabaho,” Jalosjos said.
According to Jalosjos, based on their monitoring these victim-survivors were referred to the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices, PNP, NBI, courts, medical facilities, legal institutions, NGOs and faith-based organizations for further assistance and services and/or issued with BPO, as applicable.
From March 15, 2020- June 16 2020, the IACVAWC Secretariat catered to 176 inquiries from individual clients and referrals from other divisions.
The Philippine Commission on Women, through the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC) Secretariat, has been responding to inquiries related to VAW and other forms of gender-based violence received through email, social media, mobile calls, and text messages. This is done through its VAW Referral Service wherein the victim-survivors are given the needed assistance in close coordination with concerned service providers which include PNP-WCPC/AVAWCD/WCPD, DSWD, local Social Welfare and Development Offices (SWDO) and barangay officials.
The Referral Service contributes to the Council’s efficient coordination and delivery of necessary interventions for GBV/VAW victim-survivors.
“Lahat po ng Brgy ay meron niyan (VAWC Desk), kahit po ang mga PNP Stations natin meron niyan, kahit po nung hindi pa pandemic, wala pa tayong pandemic active naman po ang ating VAWC,” she also added.
As of today, there are total of 39,039 VAW Desk and 38,011 Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) continuously activated and fully functional to prevent the incidence of VAWC, provide immediate assistance and render appropriate supports specially during the implementation of community quarantine throughout the country. (JLB/ PIA-IDPD)