The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, along with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, formally launched on March 29 the hotlines for the mechanism and protocol in handling gender-based violence and rape cases in Pangasinan.
The launching is in accordance with the Provincial Ordinance No. 244-2020 otherwise known as “An Ordinance Establishing a Gender-Based Violence and Rape Cases Response Mechanism and Protocol in Handling Gender Based Violence and Rape Cases in the Province of Pangasinan” authored by Board Member Rosary Gracia Perez-Tababa and signed by Governor Amado I. Espino III.
“Para sa atin, ang mga cases ng violence at rape ay hindi lamang problema ng tahanan o problema ng pamilya. Kailangang may gawin tayo bilang lingkod-bayan upang maprotektahan ang ating mga kababayan.” said BM Tababa, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee Chair on Children, Women, Elderly, PWD, Family Affairs and Social Welfare.
The contact numbers: 09686818964 (SMART) and 09054401267 (GLOBE), are institutionalized as the province-wide emergency hotline numbers to respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) related incidence. The hotline numbers will be operating 24/7 and will be handled by the Pangasinan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
“Pwede pong magtext, pwede pong tumawag. Huwag sana silang mag-aalala o matakot. Ang purpose ng hotline na ito ay maprotektahan ang bawat tao, regardless of the gender, against rape and violence,” urged BM Tababa.
Primary responders for the GBV/Rape hotline are the following: Philippine National Police which is lead agency to provide assistance for public safety and crime prevention; city/municipal social welfare and development offices which will facilitate psychological support services of the victims; and provincial health center which is the response agency in charge of attending to survivors and related cases.
“Ito ay para sa proteksyon ng lahat regardless of the gender, in terms of violence and rape. Magkaroon tayo ng pananaw na hindi ito normal – hindi tama ang manakit. Hindi lang married couple, even different kinds of partner like girlfriend-boyfriend relationship, live-in relationships or even LGBTQ relationships ay nangyayari iyan,” said BM Tababa.
Under the Provincial Ordinance 244-2020, all barangays are also enjoined to establish Violence Against Women (VAW), GBV, and Rape desk and desk person which will respond to reported cases in their jurisdiction.
Designated VAW/GBV/Rape Desk persons shall also be trained in gender-sensitive handling of cases o shall undergo basic gender-sensitivity training and orientation on anti-VAW laws.
“Nakaangkla dito lahat ng related ordinances tulad ng Republic Act 9262 o ‘yong Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act, Magna Carta for Women, sexual harassment, ordinance for the Anti-Bastos law and other laws pertaining to protect,” said BM Tababa.
Board Member Tababa also highlighted that despite having national laws, the ordinance also provides a unified direction of all mechanisms and protocols on GBV in the province.
Joining BM Tababa in the launching were Lingayen Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (Pangasinan Chapter) President Leopoldo Bataoil, Lingayen Vice Mayor Judy Vargas-Quiocho, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Emilio Samson Jr., DEPED SDO-1 OIC Ely Ubaldo, PNP-PPO-Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) Captain Jairilyn Camagian, Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco and Provincial Governor’s Office Chief Administrative Officer Irmina Francisco.
LMP President and Lingayen Mayor Bataoil also led the Pledge of Commitment in support to the Provincial Ordinance No. 244-2020.
/Paula Jhea Sison (Photo by ACDC)