BAGUIO CITY– The local government officials of this city were alarmed over the rise in the number of child abuse cases in the city.
City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan said such a situation needs appropriate interventions from concerned government agencies and the local government to effectively and efficiently address the same.
Last year, there were about 76 child abuse cases recorded in the city, said Fangasan.
But the number continues to rise this year, she said, adding that there were already 71 child abuse cases have been recorded so far since the start of 2021.
Of the current number, 52 of the abused children were females and 19 were males.
Fangasan also said that 20 of the cases were molestation and two had already been filed with the court. There were also 18 cases of physical abuse.
She disclosed that based on the conduct of the investigation on the physical abuse cases against the children, it was found out that the major reason for such abuse is the alleged failure of the children to attend to their modules, among other related reasons.
The victims have been provided with the appropriate counselling from social welfare officers while the perpetrators were also given similar interventions.
Fangasan revealed that most of the perpetrators of the child abuse cases are family members, relatives, and neighbors.
Fangasan emphasized that one of the interventions being provided by the social welfare office to the victims of abuse is psychological or psychiatric counseling in close coordination with the City Health Services Office (CHSO) to prevent the victims of abuse from being affected by the said abuses.
The local government department head appealed to the public to be vigilant on the child abuse cases being committed in their neighborhood and for them to continue reporting such incidents to the concerned authorities so that appropriate actions will be taken to prevent the further escalation of similar cases that might have a negative impact to the behavior of children in the city in the future.
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