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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

City links trained on handling gender-based violence cases

By Dave G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – To equip Pantawid Pamilya workers from the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela with knowledge and skills in handling gender-based violence (GBV) cases in their assigned communities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9 has conducted recently a training for city links at the DSWD Conference Room along Gen. Vicente Alvarez this city.

DSWD’s Gender and Development (GAD) focal person Leonora Barahim said that this activity was an offshoot from barangay-based focused group discussions that brought up issues involving gender-based violence such as battered wives, child abuse, pornography and others. “We believe that the city links can do a lot to respond to these issues,” Barahim said.

The DSWD also emphasized the referral mechanisms that are in place with the city links.

Barahim said that as social workers, city links should be equipped not only to properly refer these cases, but to provide the appropriate interventions when necessary. (with reports from Shiela May Aquino)