By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — Cases of violence against women and children (VAWC) dropped by more than half in Western Visayas region.
Data from Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Police Regional Office (PRO-6) indicated a 56-percent drop in violence against women (VAW). There were 1,853 combined cases recorded last year in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces. In comparison, there were 4,217 VAW cases recorded in 2017.
There is also a 53-percent drop in violence against children (VAC). From 3,299 cases in 2017, there were 1,522 VAW cases last year.
The decline in VAWC cases is attributed to stronger advocacy campaign by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and private organizations.
But there are still cases of rape, acts of lasciviousness, and other forms of sexual assault.
There were 483 rape cases last year. Superintendent Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson and former chief of PRO-6’s WCPD, noted that many rape cases still occur at home or perpetrated by those who are close to the victim.