VAW Cases Drop by 16.95% in EV
Camp Ruperto K Kangleon, Palo, Leyte – Police Regional Office 8 through the leadership of PBGEN FERDINAND O DIVINA, Regional Director recorded a significant decrease of 16.95% in cases of Violence Against Women (VAW) in year 2019 as compared to the previous year, per report by the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), PRO8 headed by PLT ZENAIAH P SUDIO, Chief, WCPD.
For the year 2019, a total of 828 VAW cases were recorded which is 16.95% lower than that of 2018 with 997 incidents reported. The decrease of 169 incidents were made possible through the combined efforts of PRO8 and other counterparts advocating for women’s protection against various forms of violence.
The offenses recorded were relative to cases on Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children (RA 9262) (611 cases), Rape (92 cases), Attempted Rape (23 cases), Acts of Lasciviousness (88 cases), Concubinage (4 cases), Anti-Trafficking in Persons (RA 9208) (3 cases), Forcible Abduction (2 cases), Parricide (2 cases), Sexual harassment (1 case), Bigamy (1 case), and Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 (1 case).
Moreover, WCPD aims to increase awareness on VAW among the general public, and the need to protect women’s rights by regularly disseminating information through lectures on the special laws providing protection to women and children, to include the conduct of house to house visitations.
Further, regular coordination with other government agencies and NGOs on the enhancement of programs and services on the fight against gender-based violence is constantly being conducted.
“We are encouraging women to be well-informed and to assert their rights as we are one with them in our fight for a VAW-free community,’’ PBGEN Divina said.
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