(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 18 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Gov’t institutions in Caraga unite to combat violence against women, girls 

BUTUAN CITY -- In response to the alarming rates of abuses, discrimination, and violence faced by women and girls in Caraga, the different government agencies, along with the state universities and colleges (SUCs), and local government units (LGUs) are mobilizing efforts to develop a strategic plan to put an end to this felony.

This initiative emerged from the outcomes of the 1st quarter 2024 general membership meeting of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), held on February 8, at the Regional Development Council (RDC) conference hall, under the leadership of Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) Caraga.

During the meeting, Dir. Makinano underscored the urgent need for data and targeted recommendations to guide policies and programs aimed at creating a future free from violence for all women and girls in the region. Makinano's presentation synthesized evidence highlighting the pervasive nature of abuses and violence against women and girls in Caraga, profoundly affecting their well-being.

According to the 2022 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), Caraga Region has witnessed a prevalence of physical violence against women and girls. The survey revealed that 15.8 percent of women in the region have experienced physical violence in their lifetime. Additionally, 17.0 percent of women experienced emotional violence from an intimate partner, 6.7 experienced physical violence, 2.8 percent experienced sexual violence, and 20.2 percent experienced any of the acts of violence. 

To address this pressing issue, Makinano proposed series of recommendations during the meeting, to wit:

1. Strengthen data collection and analysis: It is imperative to gather area-specific data on violence against women and girls (VAWG) prevalence and forms to develop targeted interventions.

2. Increase awareness and reporting mechanisms: Raising awareness about VAWG and establishing accessible reporting channels can encourage more women to come forward and seek help.

3. Empower women and girls: Providing women with education, economic opportunities, and life skills can enhance their independence and resilience against violence.

4. Address underlying gender inequalities: Challenging harmful traditional norms and promoting gender equality through education and awareness campaigns are vital for driving long-term change.

5. Strengthen legal and justice mechanisms: Ensuring effective law enforcement, accessible legal aid, and survivor-centered support services are crucial for delivering justice and protection to victims.

“Moving forward, Caraga RGADC members will identify recommendations closely related to their respective agencies and align them with the Work and Financial Plan for 2024,” the director reiterated.

Makinano further revealed that they will integrate these recommendations into their agency's budget proposals for 2025-2028 to ensure sustained efforts in combating violence against women and girls in the region. (CPD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)