Close to 3,700 cases of violence against women and children have been recorded by the Philippine National Police (PNP) since the implementation of community quarantine in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This was disclosed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 11th weekly report to Congress as mandated by the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gave him special powers to effectively tackle the public health crisis.
As of June 4, the PNP had recorded a total of 1,945 cases of violence against women and 1,754 cases of violence against children, Duterte said.
“The PNP Women and Children Protection Desks are working closely with LGUs [local government units] to ensure that the welfare of women and children are protected,” he said.
Duterte also said the Philippine Commission on Women continues to implement its VAW (Violence Against Women) Referral System, which provides for a national mechanism for monitoring and reduction of gender-based violence. -- BAP, GMA News