DAVAO CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD XI) has reported that it has received data from six (6) government agencies reporting abuses that are closely tied to the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Based on data provided by DSWD XI, there is a total of 1,332 violence against women and children (VAWC) cases from LGUs in the Davao Region which are mainly composed of Psychological and Economic abuse. The said cases spanned from January to June of this year.
According to the Inter-Agency Secretariat for DSWD XI Carla Canarias, the cases that are being reported to them from various sources is a good sign that communities in the region are actively pushing to give attention to VAWC cases but what is alarming is the rise in said cases.
"What is good about our recent observations is that people in communities are reporting [VAWC cases] but what is alarming is the rise in the said cases," Canarias said in the vernacular.
Canarias bared that VAWC cases are one of the top-most priority issues that the DSWD seeks to address by way of the Barangay VAWC desks
"We have VAWC desks in all barangays where people can report cases in their households and around their community, they can also report to," Canarias said in the vernacular.
Because of the rise in cases, the DSWD Inter-Agency Secretariat reminds the public that they should be vigilant in reporting cases of violence and abuse since there are numerous outlets where they can report said cases.
"People should not be afraid to report since they can report at their barangays, to the police since we have WCPDs or Women and Children's Protection Desk - they are trained to handle the said cases, and they can also report cases to our CSWDO [City Social Welfare and Development Office] or to their respective LGUs," Canarias added. (PIA XI/KPLCaro)