The Dumaguete City government and the Consuelo Foundation yesterday launched the Child Protection Unit as part of the city's Child Protection and Intervention Network to avoid having victims of child abuse come down with multi-trauma syndrome.
The CPU, or the Pink Room, is designed to lessen the trauma of abused children, especially rape victims, by providing a private venue for a one time multi-disciplinary intervention and interviews by concerned authorities.
Dauzeen Mercado, CAPIN project coordinator, said the Foundation requires the city to provide counterpart to the facility and a multi-disciplinary team to handle cases of child abuse, composed of a social worker, a policewoman from the Women's and Children's Concerns Desk and a doctor from the City Health Office.
Mercado said children abused or raped are subjected to multiple trauma when interviewed separately and in different venues. They need privacy and confidentiality during these processes, she added.
The CPU also aims to establish court testimony proficiency.
The Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation non-government organization is also involved in the implementation of the CAPIN, whose creation is authorized under Executive Order No. 7, series 2013.
The Consuelo Foundation has allocated P100,000 for the acquisition of equipment and other paraphernalia needed for the Pink Room, and to train the multi-disciplinary team, composed of City Health Officer Ma. Sarah Talla, Police Officer 2 Jinky Alalong and social worker Wilma Villanueva, in Manila.
Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said he hopes that, with the CPU in place, the city will be able to regain its glory days when it was awarded as Child Friendly City several times.
Sagarbarria and OIC City Social Welfare Officer Carola Somoza Alquero led the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to open the Pink Room. Present were city officials and members of CAPIN, GWAVE and the Dumaguete Council for the Welfare of Children.*JFP
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