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Calabarzon stakeholders join hands to campaign against VAWC

By Rachel Joy Gabrido
November 30, 2019

Some of the participants raising streamers and placards as they campaign to end violence against women during the Unity Walk. (Photo by Dheejay Magcalas)

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Different stakeholders from around the Calabarzon region joined hands in its feat to end Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

The provincial government offices, local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations, and academe, among others, gathered in the regional kick-off ceremony for the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), International Day Against Trafficking (IDAT) and National Human Rights Consciousness Week held at the Provincial Capitol of Laguna in the town of Sta. Cruz on November 26, 2019.

“Tayo po ay umaaasa na ito pong mga ganitong activity o programa ay patuloy nating palalakasin sa ating lalawigan at sa atin pong rehiyon, at ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan po ng Laguna ay taus-puso po ang pakikiisa sa programa pong ito,” Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez expressed.

(We are hoping that this kind of activity or program will be continuously strengthened in our province and the whole region, and the Provincial Government of Laguna is whole-heartedly in unison in this program.)


Also, the Governor encouraged everyone to serve as champions in upholding the welfare of children by making it a priority to keep them away from any kind of abuse.
Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez delivers his message and affirms the provincial government's support. (Photo by Joy Gabrido)

“Ang paglaban sa child abuse, child trafficking and child pornography ay layuning nangangailangan ng ating atensyon,” he added.

(The fight against child abuse, child trafficking and child pornography is a goal that needs thorough attention.)

He then assured that the Provincial Government of Laguna will continue to craft and implement programs to eliminate all kinds of violence against women and children.

The first part of the activity is a Unity Walk where participants paraded around the Provincial Capitol of Laguna. It was followed by a program that showcased resource speakers tackling VAWC-related topics.

Uniformed personnel also joined the Unity Walk. (Photo by Dheejay Magcalas)

Ms. Averil M. Pimo-on of Philippine National Police (PNP) Calabarzon presented the Regional Situationer on Gender-Based Violence.

Moreover, International Justice Mission (IJM) Senior Social Worker Melanie Olaño tackled the Regional Situationer on Online Sexual Exploitation of Children, while, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Promotion and Advocacy Division Chief Aileen C. Edades talked about Parenting Responsibility in the Context of Human Rights.

“Hindi natin pwedeng paghiwalayin ang karapat at saka tungkulin," said Edades.

(We cannot separate rights and obligation.)

She emphasized that both parents and children have rights and responsibility, but stressed that it is the parent’s responsibility to provide the needs of their children for food, education and values formation, among others.

Children must be guided and taught well by their parents and guardians so they would grow into responsible citizens.

He then challenged the young students who participated in the activity.

“It is a challenge for the youth na tindigan ang karapatang pantao kasi naniniwala pa rin tayo na ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan,”

(It is a challenge for the youth to stand up for human rights because we still believe that the youth is the hope of our nation.)

She said that as children grow and mature, they are eventually expected to be the ones to uphold these rights.

The partnership initiatives of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with non-government organizations like Ang Bahay Silungan and First Love, Incorporated were also presented in the program.

Children from Bahay Tuluyan ng mga Bata and the participants, together with Laguna Govenor Hernandez, unified in performing the 1 Billion Rising Dance as a symbol of unity in achieving one goal.

Ending violence and abuses against women and children is everyone’s endeavor, hence, the joining of hands of various sectors in this event sparks hope towards winning this fight. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)


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