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Seminars, activities set as 18-day campaign vs VAW starts in Tuguegarao City

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- With the start of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW), a number of activities including a seminar on women’s desk will be conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other agencies.

A symposium for barangay chairs and women and children protection desk officers is slated in Casa Angela following a motorcade on Friday, November 24.

DSWD social worker Mylene Attaban said this aims to strengthen barangays council for the protection of children kasi sila po ang nakatira doon sa barangay. Most of these cases happen in the barangay.

“Our barangay captains should be organized into a BCPC [Barangay Council for the Protection of Children] para yung close monitoring on reported cases and continuous monitoring [ay mabantayan],” Attaban said.

She added that Municipal Social Welfare Desk Officers follow up cases. DSWD will also assist VAW victims if they elevate the case to court. Also, DSWD senior social workers will further conduct home visit.

Meanwhile, more than 300 men and women are expected to join the “Walk with Women to End Violence against Women and Human Trafficking” on Saturday, November 25.

Initiated by Zonta Club of Central Tuguegarao (ZCCT), the activity will start in Saints Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral and will run throughout the poblacion area. A short program and balloon ceremony in the cathedral will follow.

November 25 is also the International Day to End Violence against Women, ZCCT President Doctor Madeliza Callangan said.

A bingo against human trafficking will be held in People’s Gym at 1 pm, Sunday, November 26.

The following events are also scheduled during the 18-day campaign:

November 28- Extemporaneous speaking and skit contest of high school students in cathedral gym at 1 pm.

November 29- Slogan and poster making contest on AIDS and human trafficking sponsored by Councilor Marj Martin-Chan, to be joined by West Central School Grade 4 pupils.

November 30- Gift giving, medical mission, and legal advice for clients of regional haven in Solana, Cagayan.

December 1- World AIDS Day- Forum on AIDS and human trafficking at Cagayan State University (CSU) Andrews amphitheater.

December 3- Zonta Kaagapay program, awarding of building materials and cash assistance to single mothers who were victims of supertyphoon Lawin.

December 4- Anti-bullying and anti-human trafficking forum in University of Saint Louis.

December 5- Visit of Zonta Girls’ Dorm for students in Penablanca East National High School, with livelihood training on bead works and hair cutting, with the Department of Science and Technology.

December 6- Lecture on VAWC and human trafficking with Commission on Human Rights at CSU Carig.

December 7- Medical, Dental, Optical mission and lecture on human trafficking in Amulung, Cagayan with Board Member Perla Tumaliuan.

December 8 – visit at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology female dormitory, update of their livelihood projects, and medical mission.

Meanwhile, bikers in the city and nearby towns are encouraged to join the “Padyak laban sa Human Trafficking” fun biking on December 9.

The awarding of the 10 “Outstanding Ordinary Women with Extraordinary Stories”, women’s night culmination, and induction of new ZCCT members will be held on December 10, the International Human Rights Day.

Furthermore, women’s desk officers of all 49 barangays of this city will also undergo a separate seminar, sponsored by the city government, on the proper handling of women’s abuse cases.

“Kasi minsan kapag pumunta ng [barangay hall] eh medyo nagrereconcile agad. May mga procedures na dapat ginagawa at yung mga bawal ding gawin ng mga ofisyales na baka hindi pa nila alam, so yun kailangan nating i-seminar sila,” Callangan said. Northernforum.net

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