RCBW holds workshop on VAWC referral system
Cotabato City (25 March 2015) – The Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao conducted a seminar-workshop on Tuesday to help government agencies in the region establish referral system of Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) cases.
According to Raisa Mocsin, planning chief of RCBW-ARMM, the seminar-workshop was aimed to educate participants on Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004 and help government agencies organize working group on VAWC referral system.
More than 40 employees, who were mostly their respective agency’s Gender and Development (GAD) focal person, attended the activity.
Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba, Attorney V of CSC-ARMM, further discussed RA 9262 and the importance of VAWC referral system in government agencies.
She said the “referral system is actually a mechanism where victims of domestic violence can come forward” and ask help from the respective government agency they work in.
The referral system is designed to help female government employees who may be victims of domestic violence and other forms of VAWC access necessary assistance.
“Dahil Civil Service Commission (CSC) is the central human resource agency of the government and we look after the interests of our human resource, kailangan nating maitatag ito,” she said.
She said they are expecting each agency in the ARMM to constitute their own referral system.
“Ang total output natin aside from putting up referral system is to also come up with records of women in public service who experience violence for further enhancement or improvement of our mechanisms,” she added. “The CSC Regional Offices shall continue build the capacity of the staff in charge of the agency VAWC referral system in the provision of technical assistance.”
RCBW said they will monitor each agency for their compliance to the VAWC referral system next month.
Hanissa Francisco, an employee of the Department of Education (DepEd)-ARMM, said the activity was valuable as it empowered and educated them on the anti-VAWC act.
RCBW will conduct a separate seminar-workshop on the creation of Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) in handling sexual harassment cases on Thursday. (Bureau of Public Information)