Nueva Vizcaya marks highest rate of VAWC in Region 2 – Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
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Nueva Vizcaya marks highest rate of VAWC in Region 2

By on April 6, 2017

In a recently concluded 1st quarter meeting of provincial and municipal population officers at Nueva Vizcaya Pasalubong Center last March 14, Commission on Population (PopCom) Assistant Regional Director Dr. Herita O. Macarubbo reported that the province of Nueva Vizcaya has the highest rate of Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) in the region.

“Nueva Vizcaya has 422 cases of violence against women and 256 cases on violence against children with a total of 678 cases of Republic Act 9262 also known as VAWC, followed by the province of Cagayan with 509 cases, then Isabela with 446, 75 in Quirino and Batanes with 8 cases, which made your province on the top,” Dr. Macarubbo reported.

In a separate interview with the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) chief PCI Myla R. Paguyo, she said “the crime rate of VAWC in the province is a positive result on our side but for the others, it is negative. It happened because of the campaign we made to educate our women. In our police stations, we have the Family Juvenile Awareness Development section and this WCPD which are our frontliners. They visit our barangays to have dialogue with the women, to inform them about this type of violence.”

PCI Paguyo explained that RA 9262 or the Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, defines violence against women and their children as any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

“It also includes physical, sexual violence (rape, sexual harassment, acts of lasciviousness, treating a woman as a sex object, making demeaning or suggestive sexual remarks, physically attacking sexual parts of the body, forcing to watch pornographic materials, forcing the wife or mistress to live in the conjugal home, forcing to have sex or prostituting), psychological violence, economic abuse or battery.” PCI Paguyo added.

“Our problem now is how to reduce the VAWC cases in our province but we are already looking for a solutions for this,” said PCI Paguyo. #mccd

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