Barangay Chairpersons, VAW Desk Officers, and Local Committees Against Trafficking and VAWC in 8 Regions Capacitated on Handling GBV/VAW Cases 

The Philippine Commission on Women, in partnership with the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC), carried out a series of capacity-building activities for Barangay VAW Desk Officers, Chairpersons, and select LCAT-VAWC representatives of Laguna, Benguet, Leyte, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Davao Del Sur, South Cotabato, and Nueva Ecija. Spearheaded by the Council Secretariat, the training helped enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills in delivering survivor-centered and gender-sensitive services to VAW victim-survivors. It also enabled participants to discuss strategies to strengthen the coordination within local mechanisms with the support of their respective local government units.

A Facilitator’s Manual was also developed and piloted by PCW to guide trainer-facilitators on how to deliver the content of the modules, particularly on the nature and causes of GBV/VAW, the rights, remedies, services, and facilities available for victim-survivors, the duties and protocols for gender-responsive case management, and the functions of local mechanisms. Inputs and experiences gathered from the participants, Council Secretariat, and Trainer-Facilitators in the training also supplemented the enhancement of the manual.

The capacity-building activities were held from June to September 2023 in eight (8) provinces:

Area Date and Venue Facilitators
Laguna June 27-28, 2023Whitewoods Hotel and Convention, Silang, Cavite Ms. Reina Olivar and Ms. Vichel Rse Juguilon-Pangan
Benguet July 25-26, 2023456 Hotel, Baguio City Ms. Reina Olivar and Ms. Vichel Rse Juguilon-Pangan
Northern Leyte August 2-3, 2023Hotel de Fides, Tacloban City Ms. Rhoda Ercilla, Mx. Dave Mercado, and Mx. Axle Nyl Magayon
Cebu August 8-9, 2023One Central Hotel, Cebu City Ms. Rhodora Bucoy and Ms. Tess Banaynal-Fernandez
Davao Del Sur August 16-17, 2023Hotel de Crisbelle, Digos City Ms. Lorna Mandin
Nueva Ecija September 6-7, 2023Harvest Hotel, Cabanatuan City Ms. Reina Olivar and Ms. Vichel Rse Juguilon-Pangan
Negros Oriental August 22-23, 2023Sierra Hotel, Dumaguete City Ms. Onna Rhea Cabio Quizo
South Cotabato September 13-14, 2023Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City Ms. Marilyn Ballocanag andMs. Lizzette Sasam-Lim

The trainings were organized in pursuance of PCW’s functions of assisting in information dissemination and training to capacitate its stakeholders as outlined in RA No. 9262 (Anti-VAWC Act).

Benguet VAW Training
July 25-26, 2023
456 Hotel, Baguio City

Cebu VAW Training
August 8-9, 2023
One Central Hotel, Cebu City

Davao del Sur VAW Training
August 16-17, 2023
Hotel de Crisbelle, Digos City

Laguna VAW Training
June 27-28, 2023
Whitewoods Hotel and Convention, Silang, Cavite

Leyte VAW Training
August 2-3, 2023
Hotel de Fides, Tacloban City

Negros Oriental VAW Training
August 22-23, 2023
Sierra Hotel, Dumaguete City

Nueva Ecija VAW Training
September 6-7, 2023
Harvest Hotel, Cabanatuan City

South Cotabato VAW Training
September 13-14, 2023
Greenleaf Hotel, General Santos City