Just recently, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas pledged to be a strong advocate of Anti-Violence Against Women and Girls as the City Government pursues an 18-day campaign from November 25 to December 13. Proclamation 1172, Series of 2006 declares November 25 to December 12 as the ’18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women’.
Moreover, Republic Act No 10398, Series of 2012 declares November 25 as the ‘National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children’. The Philippine Commission on Women, in coordination with the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children’ spearheads the observance every year.
In a Facebook post by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, the issue of safety was addressed. The mayor revealed that a total of 9 police cars and 36 motorcycles have been turned over to the police.
“As we continue to level up, we have turned-over 9 police cars and 36 motorcycles to our policemen. We were able to buy these additional motorcycles because we saved a huge amount from buying cheaper police cars. We also have 16 motorcycles for the Iloilo City government, distributed to different departments that need them,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
“If it is a necessity and will be of big help to ensure the safety of the people, as long as there are still funds, we will try our best to have sufficient equipment and facilities,” adds Treñas.
The campaign theme for the period 2016 to 2021 is ‘VAW-free community starts with me’. The campaign underscores the role of individuals in fighting violence against women and girls. It also aims to empower individuals to know and claim their rights.
Photo source: Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas