Beng pushes center for women, kids nationwide Print
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:12

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District I Representative Beng Climaco is strongly pushing for the establishment of a crisis assistance center for women and children in every city and province in the country.

Cong. Climaco is one of the principal authors of House Bill 6155 which seeks to amend the Rape Victim Assistance and Protection Act of 1998. Her fellow authors of the bill are Agusan del Norte Rep. Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba and Gabriela Party-list Rep.  Luzviminda Ilagan.

HB 6155 is a consolidated version of House Bills 3447, 3148, 3151, 3333 and 3950, entitles all women and children who are victims of  prostitution and sexual exploitation; domestic violence, abuse and battery; rape, incest, sexual abuse, harassment or molestation; illegal recruitment, trafficking and/or labor exploitation and those who are victims of armed conflict, natural or environmental disasters who are suffering from trauma due to the tragic death or displacement of family members, dislocation or loss of livelihood to protection and assistance by the Center.

“We continue to work hard for those women trafficked, abused, raped and other forms of abuses made to women, Cong. Climaco said stressing that the legislation will be able to address the concerns of this sector and uphold the justice they deserve.

She emphasized: “Since the beginning, we have worked for the passage of laws that will empower women and this new bill will parallel all our efforts to really fight the causes of women and protect them from abuses”.

Zamboanga City is one of the areas in the country with a women crisis center as well as a social development center for children with the same functions as stipulated in the House Bill.

The authors envision the center to undertake programs geared towards the development of maternal and child health care, self-enhancement and the development of skills for livelihood generation, social communication, and other related skills which will help women and children to become productive members of society.

The center will also extend legal services, medical assistance including medico-legal examinations and psychological counseling to victims of rape and other cases of violence against women and children ensuring their privacy and safety and undertake activities related to moral recovery and gender-sensitive value formation, counseling, rehabilitation and psycho-social programs, according to the authors.

The center will be managed by an Inter-agency Council to be headed by the Social Welfare Officer and composed of representatives from teh Departments of Interior and Local Government, health, trade and industry,  education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Academy, labor and employment, justice, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Commission on Women, National Youth Commission, Women and Children Protection Desk and non-government and peoples organizations with official accreditations. — Marvin Segura