In line with the 2019 National Women’s Month Celebration by the Philippine Commission on Women from March 1 to March 31, 2019, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) IV CALABARZON conducted a Gender and Development (GAD) Activity, with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women.” The GAD Activity was conducted on March 18, 2019 at the MGB IV CALABARZON Regional Office, where all of the employees of the said office attended.

The activity was conducted by Erastofilms, where the film “Boses” was viewed. The film highlighted the types of violence—namely physical, sexual, economic and psychological—that women and children experience.

The role of the country’s social institutions in alleviating the problem on violence was emphasized. It was recommended that every person should report any violence-related case, whether he/she experienced or observed it. Either way, the Philippines has social institutions that cater to these types of problems, some of which are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), shelters, and the country’s laws.

One particular law that was emphasized was the Republic Act 9262, titled “An Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children, Providing for Protective Measures for Victims, Prescribing Penalties Therefore, And for Other Purposes.” It is the law that protects women and children from violence.

There are mandatory services for the victims and survivors of violence. These are the provision of temporary services, counseling, psycho-social services and/or recovery and rehabilitation programs, and livelihood and medical assistances. However, even though these privileges exist, violence against women and children (VAWC) have deeper roots.

It was discussed that VAWC is a cultural issue—it is difficult to change how people view the different genders since their beliefs were instilled in them since childhood. It also does not help that the media objectifies women. It was therefore concluded that each individual should make an active effort to change these beliefs for the improved security not only for women and children, but for all citizens of the country.

by: Engr. Patrizia S. Benedicto | 20 March 2019