North Cotabato sanctuary for abused kids, women launched PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2016 13:21

Officials launched over the weekend North Cotabato’s first ever sanctuary for abused women and children, built by Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza inside the provincial capitol compound in Kidapawan City.

Mendoza led provincial officials in inaugurating the newly-built P5 million worth center with a 24-bed capacity and basic amenities such as dining hall, kitchen and a living room.

The governor’s office also supplied the facility with P375,000 worth of furniture, kitchen wares and beddings.

Mendoza said the provincial government embarked on the project as part of its continuing “Serbisyong Totoo” program for needy Muslim, Christian and lumad sectors in North Cotabato’s 17 towns and 40 barangays in the provincial capital, Kidapawan City.

North Cotabato’s provincial social welfare officer, Vergilita Guilaran, and her staff will oversee the operation of the center and its conduct of psycho-social and rehabilitation interventions needed to hasten the recovery of children and women from physical and emotional abuses.

The first ever “Home for Women and Children” in the province is located at one side of the sprawling North Cotabato provincial capitol complex in Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City.

The provincial social welfare office is presently in custody of 16 abused children, whose rehabilitation is being bankrolled by Mendoza’s office.

Mendoza said she has ordered North Cotabato’s police director, Senior Supt. Alex Tagum, to help employees of the provincial social welfare office investigate and document cases of abuses against women and children as basis for prosecuting offenders.

Mendoza said she cannot tolerate violence against women and children, adding she is keen on helping secure justice for victims via legal processes.