In relation to the national observance of the 18-day campaign to End VAW, the university spearheaded lecture forum bannering with the theme “VAW-free community starts with me” held at PNU-NL Multipurpose hall on January 17, 2018.
The speaker of the said event, Atty. Divina Joy A. Ventura, a consultant of the local government unit of the city of Cauayan, lectured on handling VAWC and sexual harassment cases. She talked about these problems that are slowly going global. In connection to this, she explained the content of R.A. 9262, Anti VAWC Act of 2004 and R.A. 7877, Sexual Harassment Law, covering the four types of violence, who are protected by these acts, who are liable, who can file, and who are considered to be harassed or bothered. The lecture is followed by open forum in which questions are entertained and discussed. The forum is participated by the students, faculty, and staff.
“There is a need to have this lecture forum for us to be informed of our rights and if there will be a violation of R.A. 9262, we know what to do and we can be a help to other people,” Atty. Ventura said in an interview. “This helps future educators like you and as a member of the community, you know what to do in case there are violations, you can report and be a responsible citizen,” she added.
As part of the campaign, different contested activities were taken place last December 6, 2017. The winners were recognized on the latter part of the forum. In the essay writing contest, Kristine Tagasa of IV-BPHE, Roselle Domingo of IV-BME, and Mark James Batag of IV-BSSE bagged 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. On the other hand, in the slogan making contest, Jhona Mariz Galiza of III-BPHE, Kelly Macabangon of IV-BME, and Joseph Alicuman of IV-BPHE took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. While in the poster making contest, Ferlin Tallod of III-BFE, Jenny Rallonza of IV-BPHE, and Prince Nimrod Ramos of III-BPHE snipped 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively.