By BSU UPAO - Posted on 04 December 2017

 

“This is not a battle of sexes.”

Atty Matias C. Angiwan Jr., Chief Administrative officer stressed out in his opening remarks during the forum on documentation, reporting and database needs in affirmation to RA 9710, otherwise known as An Act Providing for the Magna Carta of Women with a dialogue on anti-Bullying Act of 2013 (RA 10627), anti-Sexual Harassment Act (RA 7877), Anti-violence against Women and their Children Act of 1995(RA 9262).

Said forum was held on November 28, 2017 at Strawberry hall, College of Home Economics and Technology.

Atty. Angiwan further affirmed that discussion on RA 9710 is not an argument between men and women instead it is a way of respecting one’s role in the society.

This was further stressed by Ms. Noelle G. Escalera, Director of Gender and Development in her presentation of RA 9710.

“Magna Carta of women ay hindi lang naka focus sa kababaihan kundi kasali rin po ang mga kalalakihan (Magna Carta of Women does not only focus on women but also for men), where we see men and women are partners in achieving satisfying life or development for all, ” she emphasized.

Atty. Reynante Basco also gave an overview on RA 10627, RA 7877and RA 9262.

Atty. Basco explained that RA 10627 or the anti-Bullying Act of 2013, covers all public and private kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools and learning centres except college. Meanwhile, he highlighted in RA 7877 that Sexual Harassment is committed by a person who has: A-uthority, Influence, Moral ascendancy over the victim in a Work place, Educational or Training institution who solicits sexual favour from the victim.

Further Atty. Basco identified the different abuses under RA 9262 like Physical Violence, Sexual violence (Prostituting the woman or her child), Psychological violence (Marital Infidelity, Verbal abuse) and Economic abuse.

Ms. Shirley B. Daniel, Violence Against Women and Children Desk (VAWC) of La Trinidad, Benguet, shared some of their experiences in addressing and rescuing victims of VAWC in the municipality.

Ms. Daniel presented that Physical Abuse recorded the highest offense from 2014 to September 2016 followed by emotional and economic abuse while attempted rape and concubinage were listed the lowest.

This was followed by the presentation of Mr. Bernardo T. Cadaon, Secretariat of the Regional Committee against Trafficking Child Pornography (RCATCP-VAWC) who discussed on understanding actions in cases of other gender-based violence.

In line with the BSU’s mission on gender development, Prof. Kenneth A. Laruan, Vice President for Academic Affairs reiterated that gender and development is one of those programs of the university that must be mainstreamed and integrated on implementing research and projects.

“We recognize the role of women equally by way of implementing our programs, projects and activities.In our field there are a lot of information and researches which recognizes the role of men and women in natural resource management,” Prof. Laruan said.

The forum was attended by the heads of offices and personnel of the university.//DSEmok