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Enough social workers for housed women victims: DSWD XI

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI said it has enough trained personnel to attend to the daily needs of the women and children housed in government facilities. 

During the Kapihan forum on March 11, DSWD XI development officer Jovelyn Trajano and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Violence Against Women lead secretariat, said their accredited Level 3 facilities have a 5:25 ratio for social workers and victims.  

“We have 75 victims (maximum capacity of centers) in each of our centers, and the majority of them include the child in conflict with the law (CICL) and rape cases for the year 2024,” Trajano said.

Trajano said most of the victims staying in their institutions are those who experienced threats.

In a year, the office served more than a hundred beneficiaries, wherein victims will undergo six months of rehabilitation, including psychosocial interventions and monitoring of their mental state. Psychologists, nurses, and house parents also worked in the facility daily. 

“We observed that these kinds of abuse brought a huge impact on children, especially on their education, showing withdrawal symptoms, and lack of social skills,” she said. 

She also stressed that they continuously empower mothers and other family members before letting the child return to their communities. 

In line with this, DSWD XI aims to conduct the Violence Against Women Survivor Summit to assess further if victim-survivors benefitted from the laws implemented for them and other pending laws. 

Partner agencies from the Integrated Gender and Development Division, Talikala Inc., and DSWD XI, will facilitate the summit on March 25 to 26, attended by victim-survivors. 



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