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VAW discussed in Monday’s Convocation

Provincial Employees of Lanao del Norte supports VAW-free Philippines in Observance of 18-day National Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) with the theme: “VAW-Free Community Starts With Me” from November 25 to December 12, 2017.

November 27, 2017 – The Provincial Budget Office directs the convocation for the week led by Acting Head, Chirelyn R. Leopoldo in participation of the Provincial Internal Audit Office headed by Mr. Abener I. Mabugnon.

“Last week, Governor Angging during our meeting informed us nga na approved na sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang annual budget. Then on Wednesday, November 22, gipatawag ko ni Vice-Governor, informing me nga approved na giud ang budget. Official na giud to. Ako pong gipangutana si Vice-Gov kung mo appear pa ba ang mga Department Heads before sa SP, dili na daw, nag ingon si Vice pinaskuhan na lang daw nato,” narrates Ms. Leopoldo.

Ms. Leopoldo thanked Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, Vice-Governor Maria Cristina Atay and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the fast approval of the annual budget, as well the Department Heads for their continuous support and cooperation in the efficient preparation of the annual budget.

Right after, the Provincial Population Office and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office took over the program to introduce the 18-day National Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) with the theme: “VAW-Free Community Starts With Me” begins on November 25 and ends on December 12, 2017.

Ms. Annabelle S, Mendez, head of PSWDO called on Atty. Mark Christopher A. Babor, Provincial Legal Officer to discuss and elaborate more of what VAW is really all about.

“Violence against Women, medyo relevant na topic at this stage of our life kasi maraming babae na ina-abuse, it could be Physical, Emotional, probably Economic abuse, and Psychological abuse,” said Atty. Babor

These four are the components which comprises the Violence Against Women and Children Act. This act protects women as well as children.

Unfortunately, many members of the society, especially men disregards the rights of women and children that leads to abuse which prompted Congress to create and adapt Republic Act 9262.

Republic Act 9262, known as Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 or VAWC. This law creates the parameters and guidelines, in keeping with the fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Philippine Constitution. As well, the Provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, and Convention of the Rights of the Child.

According to Atty. Babor, women who are being abused by their husbands, partners or strangers can seek help to the barangay by asking a protection order, and it can also ask for temporary protection order and permanent protection order from the Court of Justice.

The Provincial Legal Officer emphasized the Economic Abuse suffered by women. “Sa mga husbands, yung hindi niyo pag suporta sa espouses niyo that constitutes economic abuse and you can be held liable for it. May karampatang fine and meron ding kulong as much as 6 years.”

The provincial government employees were attentive during the discussion. Men have also asked if there is a law that protects them from the same kind of abuse. Atty. Babor explains that the Revised Penal Code will be applied when men are seeking legal relief from any forms of abuse.

Before ending the discussion, the legal officer thanked the employees for their active participation in the discussion in regards to VAWC Act and encouraged them to visit the Provincial Legal Office for legal advice or understanding of a certain law. PIO-LDN

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