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External Assessment of Violence Against Women (VAW) Centers, Phase 2 (UNFPA/PHL/11/02b), a research consultancy supported by UNFPA, Manila, January 2011.

Overall, the research consultancy was aimed at providing concrete recommendations to enhance functionality and sustainability of existing violence against women (VAW) centers and calibrate support for the centers for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 7thCountry Programme (2012-2016).

Three research methodologies were designed for the research: focus group discussions (FGDs) – one for client-survivors of VAW, and another for community leaders, non-governments organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs); facility audit using the Department of Interior and Local  Government (DILG) Performance Standards and Assessment Tools (PSATs); and, key informants interviews (KIIs)at the provincial level.

The project has five linked objectives:

  1. To determine the compliance of the VAW centers with the Performance Standards in the implementation of Psychosocial services to VAW Survivors in center and residential facilities as laid out in Administrative Order No. 04 series of 2006;
  2. To explore the community leaders’ and members’ attitudes, value system, and perceptions about the issue of violence against women and VAW center intervention programs and service procedures;
  3. To link the assessment findings with existing literature such as the National Demographic & Health Survey (NDHS) 2008; Joint Country Gender Assessment in the Philippines 2008; UNFPA 6thCountry Programme Baseline and Endline Surveys; and UNFPA 6thCountry Programme Evaluation Report;
  4. To describe emerging good practices in terms of supply-and-demand-side interventions to address VAW; and,
  5. To provide concrete recommendations to enhance functionality and sustainability of existing VAW centers and calibrate support to VAW centers for the 7thCountry Programme (2012-2016) given the provisions of the Magna Carta of Women and the Philippines’ Middle Income Country status.

A total of fifteen (15) municipalities were covered in the research: Borongan, Llorente, Maydolong and Sulat in Eastern Samar; Upi in Maguindanao; Dimasalang, Palanas and Placer in Masbate; Olongapo City in Zambales; Bontoc, Paracelis and Sagada in Mountain Province; and, Isulan, Lebak and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat.

External Assessment of Violence Against Women (VAW) Centers — Phase 1 (UNFPA/PHL/11/02b), ), a research consultancy supported by UNFPA, Manila, August 2011

With the conclusion of UNFPA’s 6th CP, an assessment of VAW Centers was conducted to assess their functionality vis-á-viz local realities. Nine municipalities were included in the audit, three each for the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Bohol and Ifugao. In Bohol, the Bohol Crisis Intervention Center (BCIC) in Tagbilaran City was included. In Ifugao, the team was unable to visit Tinoc, and instead included its MSWDO in their Lagawe leg.

Objectives:

1. Determine the compliance of the VAW Centers; and;

2. Explore the community leaders’ and members’ attitudes, value system, and perceptions about the issue of VAW and VAW Center intervention programs and service procedures.

Methodology

Audio-recorded FGDs (Focus Group Discussions) and KIIs (Key Informant Interviews) were conducted to gather information revolving on three major themes: 1) traditional beliefs about VAWC; 2) regional or ethnic factors that affect the effective implementation of VAWC-related laws (i.e., RA 9262); and, 3) assessment of VAW Center services and needs. A checklist was also used to inventory VAW Center facilities and logistics, particularly DILG’s Performance Standards and Assessment Tools (PSATs) for Services Addressing VAW in the Philippines.

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