LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The provincial government of Pangasinan has launched hotlines to handle gender-based violence (GBV) and rape cases in the province.
It institutionalized 09686818964 (Smart) and 09054401267 (Globe) as the province-wide emergency hotline numbers in accordance with Provincial Ordinance No. 244-2020 establishing a gender-based violence and rape cases response mechanism and protocol in handling such cases in the province.
The ordinance was authored by board member Rosary Gracia Perez-Tababa, approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, and signed by Governor Amado Espino III.
The hotlines are available 24/7 and handled by the Pangasinan Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
“You may text or call. They should not be worried or fearful. The purpose of these hotlines is to protect every individual, regardless of their gender against rape and violence,” Tababa said in an interview Tuesday.
Primary hotline responders include the Philippine National Police that is the lead agency to provide assistance for public safety and crime prevention; city or municipal social welfare and development offices that will facilitate psychological support services for the victims; and provincial health center which is the responsible agency in charge of attending to survivors and related cases.
Designated desk persons shall also be trained in gender-sensitive handling of cases, or shall undergo basic gender-sensitivity training and orientation on anti-violence against women (VAW) laws.
“There should be a mindset that violence and rape are not normal. Not only within the married couple but even in different kinds of partners like girlfriend-boyfriend relationship, live-in partners, or even lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer relationships, it might happen,” Tababa added. (PNA)