I have been busy these past few weeks trying to prepare for our Local Government Seminar on the implementation of Republic Act 9262. My participation in the said seminar is conducting a sort of “how to” guide for barangay officials in doing their duties under the law. Its basically to render full protection to the woman and her child when acts punishable by said law is done towards them. I wonder that with the current technology being used at the poorest of barangays, if there are any, how such technology would be able to help in ensuring that the welfare of all, especially that of the woman and the child, is protected.
In the first place, the technology of the internet today is almost accessible everywhere. While this is primarily a good thing, it is also subject to abuse. At the level of barangay, it is essential that such abuses be controlled to ensure protection to those who need it most.
And when acts of violence are committed through the internet, though no alternative dispute resolution is available to the parties, how would the barangay officials be able to protect the interests of the woman and the child if they know vey little of the medium in which the violence is committed.
All these considerations taken into consideration, the final argument of this post is that barangay officials need to be conscious of the different ways that violence is committed in an increasingly fast and inter-connected society. And to really protect the interests of the innocent, the officials have to be just as fast, or faster, when compared to the perpetrators of the crime.
Rivera, Jan Michael A.