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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

QC dad pushes for P25M women’s welfare support fund

By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:28:00 03/11/2008

MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City councilor has asked the city government to put up a P25 million support fund for its women residents who are victims of domestic violence.

In her proposed ordinance, Councilor Janet Malaya pointed out that the establishment of a “women’s welfare support fund” would be consistent with the city government’s policy to promote and protect the dignity of women and guarantee full respect for human rights.

Malaya defined “violence against women” as acts committed by a woman’s partner which could likely result in “physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering or economic abuse, including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.”

She likened the establishment of the fund to financial aid or assistance, which the city government provides to displaced families in times of calamity or demolition operations. She said it would be a form of maximizing the city’s humanitarian services for its constituents.

Under the proposed ordinance, the Quezon City Social Services Development Department is tasked to formulate its implementing rules.

Once the ordinance is passed into law, the funds will be sourced from the city treasury. Subsequent allocations would then be included in the city government’s annual budget.