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No anti-violence against women desks in Sta. Elena, CamNorte in 2015

The municipality of Sta. Elena in Camarines Norte in 2015 failed to establish anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) desks in its barangays, state auditors said.

In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said an interview with the gender and development (GAD) focal person revealed that not all the barangays in the municipality was provided with anti-VAWC desks in 2015.

The reason was that there was lack of competent personnel to staff the desks, the auditors said.

“As such, violations committed against women and minors were not reported, responded to, documented and monitored,” the auditors said.

The COA urged the municipal mayor Bernardina Borja to direct all punong barangays to establish an active VAWC desk in their respective barangays, staffed with the competent personnel.

The focal person conducted a follow-up inspection and found out that all barangays had complied with the circular, the auditors reported.

All local government units should at all times provide basic services and facilities to protect and fulfill women’s human rights, including their right to protection from all forms of violence, a joint memorandum circular read.

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