NMP Conducts Lecture on Anti-VAWC

Atty. Edna V. Maceda, NMP trainees and personnel during the Lecture on R.A. 9262 on 07 December 2018 at Room 109, NMP Training Buiding, Tacloban City

Trainees and personnel of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), participated in the Lecture on Republic Act No. 9262 also known as “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children (VAWC)  Act of 2004” held on 07 December 2018 at Room 109, NMP Training Building, Tacloban City.

The conduct of the activity is pursuant to Proclamation No. 1172, s. 2006 declaring 25 November to 12 December  of every year as the “18-Day Campaign to End VAW” and Republic Act No. 10398, s. 2013 which declares 25 November as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of VAWC. Said undertaking is spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in coordination with other government member agencies of the Inter-agency Council on VAWC.

The 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW revolves around the theme “VAW-free Community Starts With Me” which shifts the campaign to positive advocacy messaging by giving emphasis on everyone’s commitment and contributions in ending VAW and the collaborative pursuit towards  the common vision of a VAW-free community.

The lecture provided the participants with the strengthened awareness and better understanding of the concept of VAWC.  Likewise it examined situations where VAWC are manifested, presented legal options that the victims may pursue and stressed the importance of the role of women in preventing the incidence of VAWC.

Resource Person was Atty. Edna V. Maceda from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Leyte Chapter. She encouraged everyone to address the problem by reporting VAWC incidents in order to stop the cycle of violence.  She also urged the participants to respect women, support their children, love their family and share what they learned to other people and be advocates of women’s rights.

The activity was carried out as part of the GAD programs of NMP to continuously educate its trainees and personnel – both men and women on the provisions of R.A. 9262 that ensures the protection of women and their children from various forms of abuse such as physical, psychological, emotional, economic, and sexual abuse.

Discussions also include topics on Gender and Development (GAD) in the Maritime Industry and other maritime related laws.

Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness.  It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.

Those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nm.gov.ph) and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed for gathering inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of NMP completed researches and other articles pertaining to maritime research.

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NMP also encourages seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.