Livelihood training readied for abused women in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 8 (PNA) — The provincial government is making available various livelihood trainings to clients of the newly-opened Iloilo Province Development Center for Women and Children (IPDCWC).

Iloilo Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) head Neneth Q. Pador said many women are being abused by their husbands because they are very dependent on their spouses.

“They really need help in order to revive their self-worth and dignity,” Pador said.

One of the ways to help the abused women will be through trainings on livelihood and the psycho-social services which will be offered at the center.

Specifically, they will be trained on accessories making, cosmetology, sewing, cooking, food preservation, and candle making, among others.

“We will provide them trainings so that when they will be reintegrated to their community, they will be ready to have their own livelihood and they will no longer be dependent on their husbands,” Pador said.

The provincial government through the PSWDO will be providing seed capital for the livelihood of their women clients after they are reintegrated into their community.

Pador disclosed violence against women (VAW) cases in Iloilo have increased to 1,589 in 2014 from 552 in 2012.

Meanwhile, the victims at the center will also be given guidance, values reorientation and practical skills training by the social workers.

The PHP8.6-million livelihood center in Cabatuan, Iloilo that will cater to 25 abused women and children in the province which opened Monday is in support to Republic Act 9262 otherwise known as the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

The center will be operational in January 2016. (PNA)