Guimaras inks deal to prevent sexual abuse cases

THE province of Guimaras further strengthened its initiatives in preventing and treatment of sexual abuse cases.

Governor Samuel T. Gumarin, representing the province, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc. (CPN) and the Guimaras Police Provincial Office (GPPO) on Feb 7, 2019 at the Governor’s Office in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras.

The deal aims to establish a Child Protection Unit at the Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Provincial Hospital in San Miguel, Municipality of Jordan.

CPN will integrate medical diagnostic, forensic, therapeutic and preventive responses to abused children in order to provide the necessary health care and psychosocial services, minimize, if not prevent, re-traumatization, and support the child and his/her family to stop the abuse, and ensure the safety of the victim.

The initiative will also develop a training program aimed at instructing physicians and other medical professionals in the many skills necessary to provide competent and thorough medical care and other multi-disciplinary services to children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused, or profoundly neglected.

Gumarin said the agreement will reinforce the efforts of Guimaras to prevent incidence of domestic violence, child abuse, trafficking in persons, and other crimes against women and children.

Meanwhile, GPPO director Senior Supt. Julio T. Gustilo reiterated the commitment of the Philippine National Police to enforce all laws and ordinances for the protection of children against sexual abuse.

Child Protection Network, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, and licensed NGO with expertise on the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse that was established in 2002.

It aims of having a unified professional voice, the latest medical research and as a body of acknowledged medical experts for the court, and of forging relationships with other professionals of other disciplines in order to close the gaps between medical, psycho-social, investigation and legal services for patients of sexual abuse.

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