June 23, 2024

The Cordillera is advancing measures to address social challenges with the development of a digital system designed to record data on gender-based violence.

The system, called Gender Based Violence (GBV) Data System, is pioneered by the Regional Committee Against Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their Children (RCAT-VAWC) to identify policies, activities, and programs to respond to issues on trafficking, VAWC, child pornography, and other GBV cases.

RCAT-VAWC members and stakeholders underwent orientation on the salient features of Republic Act 10173 or Data Privacy Act and standards of data protection to prepare them for the roll out of the GBV data system.

Due to the sensitivity of the information required by the GBV data system, members need to undergo this orientation to ensure the protection of their clients.

The activity was held on May 7 at the City Travel Hotel in Baguio City and was attended by personnel of line agencies, non-government organizations, and provincial local government units.

National Privacy Commission Information Technology Officer Cleo Martinez discussed various topics including data privacy principles, data security measures, and penalties of data breach.

Martinez reminded the government agencies to designate or register a data protection officer who will oversee the conduct of privacy impact assessment, ensure proper data breach and security incident management, and cultivate awareness on privacy and data protection in the organization.

Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera Protective Services Division Chief Mary Ann G. Buclao, in thanking the participants, highlighted the importance of collaboration to development. – Clienteast Van B. Totanes