Isabela City’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women
VAWC Awareness Campaign
December 12, 2022
TUPAD Program Payout
December 20, 2022
To increase the general public’s level of awareness on Violence Against Women (VAW), the City Government of Isabela under the administration of Mayor Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman through the City Information Office hosted the 12th episode of Usapang Babae at Iba Pa featuring the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (TIP) (Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act No. 11862) and the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act (Republic Act 9262 ) on December 9 via 97.5 DXNO Radyo Komunidad. The awareness session started with a prayer offered for all the women victims of violence.
PSSG Lizel Ibañez of the Isabela City Police Station discussed the salient points of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. According to her, based on the records the most recent case of TIP in the City of Isabela was in 2016, where there were 26 trafficking victims coming from different places of the Philippines outside Isabela City. They were rescued through the collaborative efforts of the different government agencies including LGU Isabela City. PSSG Lizel Ibañez shared tips to avoid TIP, “walang recruitment sa bahay, walang transaction sa bahay. Ang legit na recruitment ay nagta-transact sa opisina, kaya’t huwag basta-basta maniwala kahit sa pamilya,” she said.
Renwick Estrada and Jean Mariano of the City Social Welfare and Development Office also graced the session through sharing the relevant features of the RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Act. Accordingly, for 2022 Isabela City recorded 12 cases of VAWC. These 12 victims were provided assistance from the City Government of Isabela such as counseling session, cash assistance and other social assistance.
Meanwhile, Ms. Mariano and PSSG Ibañez shared some success stories of VAWC victims. They shared how the victims able to free themselves from violence through the assistance of both LGU Isabela City and ICPS.
This awareness session also aims to promote awareness on the forms of violence women and girls experience, provide information on the laws protecting women and girls, and feature VAW-related programs and services offered by the City Government and ICPS.
“Hindi lang po sa kababaihan namin binibigay ang orientation o awareness, ako po bilang isang babae mas gusto ko po ibigay to sa mga kalalakihan, para po atleast alam nila kung ano ang Violence Against Women.”
~PSSG Lizel Ibañez
“Wag matakot, wag mahiya, magsumbong kung nakaka-experience kayo ng pang-aabuso.”
~Jean Mariano, RSW
You may watch the full video of this episode through IsaTV Teleradyo Channel of the BCH Local TV Network.