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As part of its Gender and Development Program, the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) conducted an information campaign to promote a violence-free community at Brgy. 655 Intramuros, Manila on 13 December 2016. 

The activity was organized in consonance with the annual 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the theme “VAW-free Community Starts with Me.”

The activity was attended by 104 residents consisting of 82 females and 22 males including the barangay officials of the said barangay. 

Ms. Marieta Ramos of the City Link DSWD-NCR Field Office discussed the salient features of Republic Act No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 and the role of barangay officials in handling cases involving VAWC.

Barangay Chairman Pedrito Yacob shared the process of issuing a Barangay Protection Order (BPO) to VAWC victims.   

Ms. Myra Flor M. Ampong, BLR GAD focal, also explained the employment aspect of R.A. 9262 specifically on the entitlement of the worker/employee who are victims of VAWC to leave benefits under the same law as well as the benefits under the Magna Carta of Women.  

Brgy. Chariman Yacob thanked the resource person and the BLR for organizing the activity to educate the residents, especially the women, on their right against violence and all forms of abuse. “The occurrence of violence in a community could be avoided if the residents are well informed of their rights as persons and how it should be addressed at the community level,” he said.  

Approximately 100 barangay residents consisting of 82 females and 22 males including the barangay officials participated in the activity.

The activity culminated with the presentation of certificate and token of appreciation to the resource person as well as with the distribution of certificates of attendance and food packs to the attendees.

END/ Myra Flor M. Ampong