Ilocos RDC endorses organization protecting women against violence

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Ilocos Region has passed a resolution enjoining private and public entities to organize the Men Opposed to Violence against Women Everywhere (MOVE).

RDC Resolution No. 42 was passed through the initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 1 headed by Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo.

MOVE seeks to advance the firm principle of men protecting every right and welfare of women and children and start the subtle preventive campaign against any violent act.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) , regional percentage of women who experience violence from age 15 remains high at 18 percent.

The organization of MOVE started from DSWD–Central Office and spread to all field its offices and eventual coordination with other national agencies has been started with the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Primarily, the organization of MOVE will train more men to actively campaign and work towards ending Violence Against Women (VAW), Yryn Cubangbang, DSWD information officer, said.

The group shall also strategize activities in the community, school, and work place and form partnerships and linkages with similar groups working on VAW, locally and abroad, she said.

At present, DSWD is maximizing all efforts to encourage all the regional line agencies, State Colleges and Universities, Local Government Units, academe, and other private institutions to assemble MOVE and keep it active. PNA/