A total of 18,945 Violence Against Women (VAW) cases have been reported to the PNP Women and Children Protection Center since the onset of COVID-19 in the country on March 2020 to August 2021. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also released a data from the 2017 National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), and revealed that 1 in every 4 Filipino women, aged 15-49, has experiences physical, emotional, and sexual violence from their husband or partner. This alarming data on VAW continue to pose risks to women and girls; not only physically and sexually, but also psychologically and economically.
As part of the agency’s commitment in the promotion of the rights and welfare of women, and to culminate the celebration of the National Women’s Month, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Gender and Development (GAD) unit conducted an Orientation on Violence Against Women (VAW) for the Community Leaders of Barangay Batasan Hills, Bagong Silangan, Commonwealth, and Holy Spirit in Quezon City on March 30, 2022. The participants were equipped with knowledge on the common beliefs and forms of VAW and were given workshops on the legal procedures in filing a VAW case. They were also oriented on the laws particular to VAW and were given a list of agencies and support groups in the community for collaboration and support.
The activity commenced with a message from the NAPC GAD Chairperson, Undersecretary Paterna M. Ruiz, where she emphasized the significant role of women in the society, as well as the importance of standing against any form of violence and oppression.