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"Violence against women and girls is a significant concern to public health and a severe violation of human rights," said Iori Kato, UNFPA Representative in the Philippines, during the handover ceremony of the WCPU. "If we allow gender-based violence to continue to take its harmful toll not only on the survivors but also on whole families and communities, we endanger prospects for lasting peace and recovery," he added.
Young hired the WCPU to print her newspaper and inserted a quotation by Abraham Lincoln in her paper's masthead: "With firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right," reflecting her desire to address social inequities and her belief in the right of women to shape public sentiment.
Publisher Julia Schlesinger, like some of her predecessors, also used the WCPU to print her newspaper.
A second-level WCPU must have, in addition to these, police officers, mental healthcare officers and 24/7 social work intervention.
Montesines is the lone member of Tondo Medical Center's WCPU, which became operational in 2014.
A small room intended as WCPU had been turned into a blood bank, as some areas of the hospital emergency room are under construction.
She attended a 4Rs training, but the pediatrician assigned to the WCPU never did, citing various excuses, Garcia said.
Three nurses and two social workers supposedly assigned to the WCPU have other roles in the hospital too.
Maria Divina Valerio, WCPU head of SLH since December 2015, said the unit has tallied 22 cases of abused children from 2016 up till March 2017, based on reports of checkups they have registered at patient admission or referrals from nearby hospitals.
Nelinda Pangilinan, head of the Obstetrics-Gynecology (OB-Gyn) Department, which supervises the WCPU.
Today, WCPUs are beset with inadequate facilities and equipment and a lack of officers with proper training to handle abuse cases or issue medico-legal forms.
These were the very same problems that hounded the implementation of AO 1-B, a directive issued in 1997 that first created WCPUs and which the 2013 DOH order sought to revamp, said Rizza Pamintuan of the Philippine General Hospital Women's Desk.
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