MANILA — To bring Christmas joy to child victims of abuse in the city, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday teamed up with the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) for a holiday celebration and therapy session at the Quezon City Protection Center (QCPC).
“We have a lot of young kids here at QCPC who have gone through a lot. So, we invited our doctors and officers from QCGH for a Christmas party with their patients to celebrate the milestones they’ve had in their treatment, their therapy,” Belmonte said in a media interview.
The first celebration of its kind at the QCPC, the event included group sessions and art therapy classes for 45 kids aged from 1 to 17 years old.
The parents were also invited for livelihood training activities on giftwrapping, balloon-making and other skills.
The kids brought home school supplies, bags and toys while mothers were given make-up products.
Aside from the Office of the Vice Mayor and the QCGH, the sponsors of the event included Avon, World Vision and Councilor Irene Belmonte.
“Isa itong paraan para ipakita sa mga bata at sa kanilang mga magulang na kaming mga nagtatrabaho rito sa QCPC ay hindi nila kailangang ituring na opisyal o doktor. Kami po ay pamilya nila rito (This is a way to show to the kids and to their parents that we who are working here at QCPC need not only be considered as official or doctor. We are their family here),” Belmonte said.
The event was also celebrated in time for the 2018 National Children’s Month Celebration this November which carries the theme “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga Para Sa Lahat Ng Bata (Pursue: Proper Care for all Children).”
This year, the children’s month celebration highlighted the launch of the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children aimed at addressing the findings of the 2015 National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children.
Created in 2011, the QCPC for Victims of Gender-Based Violence and Abuse provides legal, medical and psychological assistance and intervention for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
The Office of the Vice Mayor, which assists in managing the QCPC, said nearly 1,200 victim-survivors have been served by the facility since 2011.
Of these victims, about 60 percent are adult women, 38 percent are female and male children, and others include members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender).
The highest number of cases has something to do with physical abuse, followed by sexual abuse such as rape and molestation, and then psychological and economic abuse.
The QCPC provides a “multi-disciplinary” approach in protection and care such as medical and police assistance, legal consultation, and psychological counseling to victims of gender-based violence and abuse. (PNA) By Perfecto Raymundo, Jr.