Key officials pledge to continue their work to keep Dumaguete City safe for women and children through the consistent implementation of the laws, ordinance and education that ensure their welfare and empowerment.
In today’s Kapihan sa PIA, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Lilibeth Filipinas, City Prosecutor Lalaine Cimafranca and City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Joeson Parallag highlighted the various programs, laws and advocacies that promote and protect the rights of women and children against abuses.
Prosecutor Cimafranca stressed that Republic Act No. 11313: Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law) penalizes remarks and actions by fines, lectures and imprisonment depending on the degree and frequency of the offenses.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office, acting on the directive of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, also provides women, even mothers, financial assistance so they can complete their education and get decent livelihood on their own.
Violence Against Women and Children Desks are also functional in the barangays so that victims abuse will be able to seek legal aid and other assistance.
Meanwhile, Police Lt. Col. Parallag said that even in the recruitment of personnel in the PNP, gender is no longer a major considering since the process is no longer face-to-face with the applicants assigned with QR Codes only so that their chances of being hired is based on their qualifications and skills.
The local PNP also conducts daily patrols and checkpoints to keep the city peaceful and safer for both men and women to live, work and do business especially that Dumaguete City is becoming known as the best place to retire.
The Kapihan sa PIA this morning moderated by Provincial Manager Jenny Tilos was attended by the local press, VAWC officers, KALIPI members, GAD Focal Person Aveangel Alcorin, members of ERPAT and Local Council on Women.
The activity is in line with the celebration of the National Women’s Month fully supported by Mayor Remollo and Councilor Lilani Ramon, Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Children with the them We Make Change Work for Women and the 2022 sub-theme Agenda sa Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran” that focuses on the inclusion and promotion of women’s participation in governance, leadership, and in the delivery of essential services.