LAGAWE, Ifugao, Feb.21 (PIA)- - The Local Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (LCAT-VAWC) of this town is reorganized thru Executive Order No. B-06 of Mayor Martin Habawel Jr., to expedite and maximize resources and prevent duplication of functions and representations.
LCAT-VAWC is now composed of the Mayor as the chairperson and the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Women and Family, Senior Citizen, Children and Disabled Persons as the vice chairman.
Members are the SB-Committee on Transportation and Communication, ABC President, representative from the Provincial Prosecutor's Office, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, Municipal Health Officer, Department of Education District Supervisor, Chief of Police, Philippine Information Agency Manager, Barangay Women's Desk Officer representative, President of the Lagawe Federation of Women's Organization, Overseas Filipino Worker Association President and the Lagawe Ministerial Fellowship President.
A joint memorandum circular of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Justice directed the creation of LCAT-VAWC.
The Committee shall institute policies and programs to protect women and children who are victims of trafficking and violence, create and establish systems on surveillance, investigation and ensure effective and efficient coordination; undertake information, education and advocacy campaign against trafficking in person and VAWC, and monitor and oversee the implementation of Republic Act 9208 and RA 9262 and other related laws.
RA 9208 otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Person Act of 2003 which institutes policies to eliminate trafficking in persons especially women and children, establishing the necessary institutional mechanisms for the protection and support of trafficked persons, providing penalties for its violations,
RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 seeks to address the prevalence of violence against women and their children (VAWC) committed by their intimate partners. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)