NCMB-RBXI and DAVAO, Inc. Conduct an Advocacy Seminar on Anti-VAWC at Barangay Angliongto
The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Branch No. XI initiated another milestone activity in partnership with the Speakers Bureau of the Davao Accredited Voluntary Arbitration Organization (DAVAO), Inc. This is one-day advocacy seminar entitled “Seminar on Women’s Rights as Human Rights and Kasambahay Law” conducted in Barangay Angliongto on November 20, 2017.
Atty. Rosalina L. Montejo as the Resource Speaker shared her field of expertise on Anti-Violence against Women and Children (R.A. 9262) to the officers of the barangay, barangay kagawad, purok leaders and men and women residents in Angliongto.
She states, “A man who refuses to give financial support to his wife and children commits a crime. However, if a woman does not provide financial support to her family, there is no crime. A man who keeps on stalking his partner commits a crime. However, a woman who keeps on eyeing her husband does not commit a crime. A man who does not allow his partner to practice her profession, perhaps, as a lawyer, commits a crime. That is psychological abuse. This is under the law of R.A. 9262 or commonly known as Anti-VAWC.”
One participant asked, “What actions can we take if we frequently hear a child from our nearby neighbour beaten by the father and the child complaining, enough “Papa”. Have we the right to file a case?” Atty. Montejo replied, “You may refer it to the Barangay Kagawad in the barangay. The Barangay Kagawad shall be the one to file protection order.”
Atty. Montejo is a woman advocate who has a big heart for the abused women and poor. She is also one of the Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators of NCMB and one of the Board of Trustees of DAVAO, Inc.
In the afternoon, GAD Focal person Sheila A. Rivera presented the Gender and Development program to present the objectives of the seminar.
Thereafter, OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes discussed about the Kasambahay Law or R.A. 10361. Dir. Reyes discussed about who are covered and who are not covered as “kasambahay”. She added that the employable age for kasambahay is 15 years old and above.
The activity ended with closing remarks given by VAWC desk officer, Elecia S. Bulacan says, “We are so grateful for Atty. Montejo. We gained so many learnings. Many of our questions in terms of the anti-VAWC were answered. Likewise, we have learned a lot from Dir. Reyes on the Kasambahay Law. These are very useful for us as barangay officers. We would like to thank NCMB headed by OIC-Director Aerrine Marie Reyes and with Atty. Montejo for sharing their time and knowledge”.
This has been part of Gender and Development (GAD) program of the branch. The first one was organized in Barangay Panacan in 2012 in coordination with Hon. Arnold Apostol, Barangay Captain. This initiative was under the leadership of the late Isidro Cepeda, former Director of this branch. The second was conducted in Barangay Baliok in coordination with Barangay Captain Antonio Tinasas. This was made even more notable as the Tamaraw FX issued to the branch of office vehicle was also donated to them. The said activity was headed by our former OIC-Director Ma. Theresa M. Francisco.
Currently, this advocacy continued under the leadership of our very supportive OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.