Dahino bats rais­ing aware­ness on sex­ual abuse vs chil­dren

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By PJ Orias

CITY Coun­cilor Edna Dahino wants to in­te­grate into school sub­jects cur­rent is­sues that fo­cus on how chil­dren can pro­tect them­selves against sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, fol­low­ing child traf­fick­ing in­ci­dent here on Oct. 8.

Dahino said she will ar­range a meet­ing with the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) of­fi­cials to know their ef­forts against sex­ual abuse and how the City Govern­ment can help in rais­ing aware­ness.

Po­lice re­port showed that rape cases in Ca­gayan de Oro rose from 43 to 50 this year.

“We re­ally want to ed­u­cate stu­dents es­pe­cially those who are still in the el­e­men­tary level be­cause they are still in their for­ma­tive years. We have to main­tain a safe, pro­tec­tive, and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment for our chil­dren,” she said.

“We want to raise aware­ness on the ex­tent of sex­ual abuse to a child’s life for this could af­fect his or her per­son­al­ity and re­la­tions to­wards friends and fam­ily. We want them to be in­formed that this can ac­tu­ally be pre­vented and we have pro­grams ded­i­cated to solve this prob­lem,” she added.

On Mon­day, Oct. 8, po­lice pressed charges against three men for al­leged child traf­fick­ing af­ter they were caught oc­cu­py­ing two rooms with nine mi­nors at an inn along Os­meña-Luna streets, Ca­gayan de Oro City.

Check­ing inns and mo­tels is now a pri­or­ity of the Reg­u­la­tory Com­plaint Board (RCB) fol­low­ing an ex­ec­u­tive order is­sued by City Mayor Os­car Moreno to act on the nu­mer­ous re­ports of child traf­fick­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion in Ca­gayan de Oro.

These inns or mo­tels be­ing checked are al­legedly where the rape cases oc­curred.

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