Caloocan partners with USAID to end gender-based violence

Caloocan partners with USAID to end gender-based violence

December 15, 2022 @ 8:39 AM 1 month ago

CALOOCAN Mayor Along Malapitan has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development to launch the ‘Gender-based Violence Responders Guide’ that serves as a directory and resource for GBV prevention of the city’s 188 villages.

“Today, we’re partnering with the USAID to train our health service providers, members of the GBV council and local youth groups in gender sensitivity and response.”
“Our priority is to let our women and children feel and know that they are safe and that we are here to protect them,” he added.

USAID Office of Health Director Michelle Lang-Alli said the directory contains contacts of GBV responders and service providers, information about referral pathways, assessment guide for survivors, and other resources from partner initiatives such as the Department of Health’s ‘FamiLigtas’ campaign.

According to the mayor, this measure is to augment the city’s existing efforts to prevent gender-based violence especially amid the pandemic where globally, there was a rise in reports of domestic and child abuse.

“Through this partnership, we aim to immediately act on reports of abuse and help reduce the impact of physical, emotional, sexual and psychological violence,” the local chief executive stated.

Hailed for accomplishment

The Caloocan City Police under the leadership of P/Col. Ruben Lacuesta has been hailed anew over the recent arrest of two Bureau of Internal Revenue employees and their two cohorts for allegedly extorting money from a business owner during an entrapment operation.

In his report to Northern Police District director P/BGen. Ponce Rogelio Peñones Jr., Lacuesta identified the suspects as April Claudine Dela Cruz, 30, data controller II at Assessment Division; Joyet Alvero, 55, administrative assistance officer, both of BIR District 5-Caloocan; and Jennifer Roldan, 49 and Ariel Roble.

Led by PLt. Ronald Allan Soriano, of Intelligence Section, the suspects were collared while receiving marked money amounting to P1.8 million along Gen. Concepcion St., in Bagong Barrio,

Prior to the entrapment operation, the suspects allegedly told the owner of the Panel Board Fabrication in Malabon City that he had a tax liability amounting to P13 million.