CHR Region V BICOL REGION COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Manito, Albay Functionality of the Violence Against Women (VAW) Desks in the Barangays of Manito, Albay Women are significant to society since they nurture the families, educate the youth for constructive citizenship in the society and provide leadership in certain professional and political fields. Thus, the Philippine government has enshrined various legal instruments for the protection of women against violence which includes the establishment of Violence Against Women (VAW) Desks. This study, aimed to assess the level of functionality of the VAW desks; determine the enhancing and constraining factors to the functionality; and, design a policy for enhancing the functionality of VAW desks KEY FINDINGS Functionality of VAW Desk in terms of Establishment Most, but not all, had barangay council resolution/Executive Order issued on the creation of the VAW desk and designation/appointment of the VAW desk officers. A few, however, did not issue a barangay ordinance for the purpose. METHODOLOGY This research employed a mixed methods approach through the conduct of surveys and key informant interview, documentary analysis and field notes. The 110 barangay officials and 15 VAW desk officers participated from selected barangays with operational VAW desks. All participants were purposively chosen based on their ability to adequately provide information. Functionality of VAW Desk in terms of Policies, Plans, and Budget Field researchers were assigned to barangays to make observations to further validate the findings from the barangay councils and the VAW desk officers. _ P Most of the barangays were observed to have Gender and Development (GAD) budget as contained in the Annual Investment Budget (AIB). But there were variations in the percentages of GAD budgets across barangays. Missing files in some barangays affected he crafting of a GAD activity and budget plan and caused ineffectiveness in the implementation of related programs. Functionality of VAW Desk in terms of Resources Availability of logbooks and forms reflected moderate functionality but the research found that this functionality becomes ineffective due to lack of forms in almost all VAW desks. Functionality of VAW Desk in terms of Accomplishment Barangays fared well in terms of reports submitted to the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (C/ MSWDO) and City/Municipal Local Government Operations Office (C/MLGOO). Document analysis revealed no quarterly accomplishment report was submitted by previous administrations of the barangays. Furthermore, no official turnover of records was made by some barangays and so their reports could not be traced. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS 01 There should be a separate room for the VAW Desk 05 Travel allowance, fund for other expenses, and monthly honorarium should be given 02 There should be increased knowledge of VAW desk officer through training 06 Construction of office to accommodate the victims 03 Shortage of equipment like desk and cabinets should be addressed 07 More books and handouts to improve knowledge regarding VAW 04 Government should provide funds for VAW desk, salary, and support 08 There should be support not just by the barangay officials but also by the community. ATTY. ARLENE Q. ALANGCO ATTY. DONNA F. MADRONA Regional Director, Region V Address: Regional Government Center, Rawis, Legaspi City Email: Cellphone: 0917 500 2238 (Globe)/ 0995 728 2456 (Globe) 0929 144 9263 (Smart) Officer-in-Charge, Naga Provincial Office, Region V Address: PICPA Building, City Hall Complex, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur 4400 Email: Telephone: (054) 472-4862 Cellphone: 0996 984 7023 (Globe)/ 0998 438 5008 (Smart) FOLLOW US ON /chrgovph

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