QC gets perfect scores in human trafficking, VAWC efforts- DILG

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR) gave the Quezon City government perfect scores in its implementation of measures against human trafficking and violence against women and children (VAWC).

In a letter, DILG-NCR Regional Director Maria Lourdes Agustin informed Mayor Joy Belmonte that the Quezon City government earned an overall score of 100 percent or equivalent adjectival rating of "ideal" following an audit conducted by its Regional lnter-Agency Monitoring Team (RIMT) for Performance Year 2021.

“The local government garnered a perfect score based on the following criteria -- Organization (10 percent), Meetings (10 percent), Policies, Plan and Budget (40 percent), and Accomplishments (40 percent),’’ the DILG-NCR noted.

The DILG-NCR also commended the Quezon City Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children for participating in the 2022 Local Committees on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (LCAT-VAWC) functionality assessment.

“The Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Team (RIMT) commends the Committee for its accomplishments and for introducing ideas or innovations which added value to the implementation of programs on anti-trafficking and violence against women and children,” Agustin said.

“We hope that these assessment results and recommendations will serve as guides in determining the next steps and areas for improvement that must be taken into consideration in order for the Committee to level-up its performance,” she added.

For her part, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte thanked the DILG-NCR for the commendation, saying the city government won’t rest on its laurels and will continue to improve its plans and programs to combat anti-trafficking and violence against women and children.

“This recognition would fuel our drive to further improve our programs, projects and policies on violence against women and children and anti-trafficking,” Belmonte said.

As part of its efforts to track and respond to reported VAWC cases, the Quezon City government launched the “QC VAW Centralized Databank System”, a unified database which will be used by the VAWC desk officers in the 142 barangays and police stations in the city.

Belmonte has encouraged what she describes as QCitizens to report abuses against women and children through QC Protection Center through Hotline 122, or to the barangay and the women’s desk of the Quezon City Police District.

In addition, Belmonte mandated the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), QC Protection Center, and Gender and Development office to closely monitor and act swiftly on calls and reports pertaining to VAWC and other gender-based incidents.

Earlier, the Quezon City government opened Bahay Kanlungan, one of the first local government unit (LGU)-run shelters for abused women, children and lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals (LGBT).

The shelter serves as temporary the house for victim-survivors of gender-based violence and abuse.

It also has the Quezon City Protection Center for Victims of Gender-Based Violence and Abuse, a one-stop crisis center that gives a multi-disciplinary approach to the needs of women, children and LGBTs who are victims of violence and abuse. (Chito A. Chavez)