Baguio mayor creates council to protect women and children

BAGUIO CITY, July 8 (PNA) -– Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan has created the Inter-Agency Council on Anti–Trafficking and Anti–Violence Against Women and their Children (IACAT–VAWC) in order to intensify the city’s campaign on the elimination of trafficking and violence against women and their children.

In an interview today, July 8, Domogan said the council will play a vital role in support of Republic Act (RA) 9208 also known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and RA 9262 known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) will be the coordinating agency in addition to its regular function as the unit to provide social services for women and children and other vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors, Domogan said.

The mayor will chair the IACAT-VAWC with Baguio City Council Committee on Social Services, Women and Urban Poor chair Betty Lourdes Tabanda as co-chairman.

The council will adopt the guidelines on the Establishment and Management of the Referral System on violence against women at local government unit set by the Philippine Commission on Women.

Domogan said representatives from the agencies and offices must actively implement and attend to their functions and other activities and must provide their respective comprehensive – mandatory programs and services to eliminate trafficking and violence against women and their children including capability building to its members and other stakeholders to ensure the effectivity of the inter–agency council. (PNA)