Girl, 2, raped

The Freeman - - NEWS - Mitzi A. Am­brad/FPL — Lor­raine

A two-year old girl was raped by a man liv­ing in their neigh­bor­hood this month.

Cebu Vice Gov­er­nor Agnes Mag­pale said the mother of the child sought help from her of­fice.

The girl un­der­went med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions in Vi­cente Sotto Med­i­cal Cen­ter this week. It was found out that the pri­vate part of the child was in­fected and was bleed­ing. The al­leged crime hap­pened in South­west of Cebu.

Mag­pale did not dis­close fur­ther de­tails since the case is con­fi­den­tial. In­stead, she stressed that the kid is just one of the vic­tims - women and chil­dren - who can seek refuge in the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Women and Chil­dren Cen­ter (CPWCC), which was in­au­gu­rated yes­ter­day.

Chil­dren in con­flict with the law are also wel­comed in the fa­cil­ity.

The CPWCC is the first cri­sis cen­ter owned by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. It is lo­cated in a 1,000-square me­ter lot in Sud­lon, Lahug, Cebu City.

It is prox­i­mate to the head­quar­ters of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO) and the re­gional of­fice of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA).

The fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to Mag­pale, will pro­vide med­i­cal, le­gal, liveli­hood, and psy­cho­log­i­cal help for the vic­tims. She added that the fa­cil­ity is al­ready op­er­a­tional but not fully yet since the ma­chines for the liveli­hood train­ings are yet to ar­rive.

It has dor­mi­to­ries, a so­cial hall, an ad­min­is­tra­tive build­ing, and a chapel. It can ac­com­mo­date up to 40 women and chil­dren.

Mean­while, three groups from the Capi­tol will help the women and chil­dren who will come to the fa­cil­ity — the Pro­vin­cial So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (PSWDO), Pro­vin­cial Women’s Com­mis­sion, and the Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil for the Wel­fare of Chil­dren.

At least four ground­break­ing ac­tiv­i­ties were held be­fore this year’s ‘grand ground­break­ing’ hap­pened.

Around P10 mil­lion was spent for the re­al­iza­tion of the cen­ter.

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