Negros Oriental VAWC cases drop 67% at onset of COVID-19 crisis

Published July 18, 2020, 1:25 PM

by Minerva Newman

DUMAGUETE CITY — Cases of violence committed against women and children (VAWC) in Negros Oriental dropped by 67 percent at the onset of the pandemic, or during the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) reported recently.

According to Jennifer Tilos, provincial head of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Negros Oriental, the NOPPO recorded a high of 311 women and children, having experienced various kinds of abuse in 2019, while only 102 cases were listed in 2020.

The deputy chair of the Provincial Commission on Women (PCW) and Director for Gender Studies at Silliman University Phoebe Tan said the strict measures implemented to curb the pandemic such as imposition of community quarantine, curfew, and physical distancing, could have contributed to the decline.

Tilos said that, in 2019, the town of Mabinay topped the list with the highest number of recorded cases with 104, followed by Bayawan City at 93 and Siaton with 87 VAWC cases. 

In 2020, the order was reversed with Bayawan City having a dramatic drop in cases from 93 to 35 followed by Siaton with 24 cases and Mabinay with only 18 VAWC cases recorded.

Tilos added that during the two-year period the most common violation reported among the VAWC cases were rape under RA 8353, acts of lasciviousness and physical injuries.