DAVAO CITY – Advocacy against violence against women and their children (VAWC) continues with the conduct of a learning session on VAWC with the Branch in partnership with the Davao Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators Organization, Inc. (DAVAO, INC.), as one of the social partners, last December 3, 2020.

The said learning session is in pursuant with Proclamation 1172, Series of 2006 which declares November 25 to December 12 of every year as the “18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW)” and a late celebration for the “National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children”, as declared by Republic Act No. 10398, Series of 2012.

The Branch invited former judge Rosalina L. Montejo, one of the Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators (AVA), an officer of DAVAO, INC. and a Women Advocate to discuss the Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

Montejo elaborated that an individual could help end VAWC by knowing his/her rights and not allowing others to step on them. “Encouraging others to fight for those rights and to report to the authorities in case rights are being violated would go a long way in preventing a VAWC culture.” Montejo added.

According to the publication of the Women’s Legal Bureau, the reference used by Montejo for this activity, violence/abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological and economic. The following constitutes as acts of violence:

  1. Physical – beating, gun pointing, pain-inducing violence;
  2. Sexual – rape, forcing to watch pornography, pimping of wife or children;
  3. Psychological – humiliation, damaging of house or conjugal properties, child withholding, infidelity;
  4. Economic or Financial – withholding financial support, preventing women to work, and confiscating or controlling women’s salary.

“The Regional Branch is appreciative for Judge Montejo on capacitating us on VAWC. You helped us learn that VAWC actions are crimes against public order, thus anyone who has the knowledge of such abuse could file a case against the suspect in behalf of the victim. Truly, I hope that each of us will internally resonate with the recurring theme of this 18-day campaign, “VAW-free community starts with me”. OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes stated.

Attorney Montejo, as one of the speakers for the DAVAO Inc. Speakers’ Bureau, has been sharing her expertise on the laws particularly Republic Act 9262 in our advocacy on Gender and Development with selected barangays in the region such as barangay Panacan, Baliok and Angliongto. Gary B. Bonghanoy