CABATUAN, Iloilo: Abused women and children in this province find a safer shelter in a halfway home which was opened Monday in Barangay Pungtod.
The Iloilo Provincial Development Center for Women and Children (IPDCWC) center can house 25 clients at a time, and is equipped with a trauma room, counseling and interviewing room, and an office for social workers, among others.
While at the center, clients will receive skills training like cooking, food preservation, accessories making, hair science and beauty culture.
Governor Athur Defensor underscored the importance of the center in assisting victims of violence and in alleviating their trauma with proper psycho-social care and services.
“This initiative is very novel and I am committing full support for the benefit of those who have become victims of abuse,” the governor said.
Rev. Fr. Joemarie Villalobos, assistant parish priest of Cabatuan, blessed the center located just beside the Rep. Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital.
The IPDCWC is a project of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) headed by Dr. Neneth Q. Pador.
Pador said their wards who would like to start their own livelihood will be provided with seed capital by the PSWDO, which has a P1 million budget for livelihood assistance.