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Women are considered as one of the most vulnerable sector of our society. They are always at the disadvantaged situation. Phenomenon of violence against women not only in the Philippines but all over the world has become very alarming.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all women who die from homicide are killed by their current or former husbands and partners. They succumbed to gunshot wounds, burns, hemorrhages and other physical injuries resulting from various forms of abuse.


In the Philippines, existing data indicate that VAW is a pervasive social problem. The Philippine National Police (PNP) documented a total of 1,100 to 7,383 cases of VAW from 1996 to 2004. The highest record was in 2001 at 10,343. Cases reported included physical injuries, wife battering and rape (incestuous and attempted).   For the first three quarters of 2005, there were 4, 240 VAW cases reported to the PNP and 2,826 WEDC cases served by the DSWD. Both the police and social welfare records show that battering and rape were the most common types of reported VAW cases.

From 1993 to December 2002, there were around 1,013 Recorded Cases of Human Trafficking (DFA/CFO). 1999 accounted for 36.1 percent of the cases while 2000 accounted for 13.2 percent of the cases.

Poverty and the absence of alternative sources of income push women into prostitution where they are exploited by brothel owners and pimps. Unscrupulous operators in tourism and entertainment industries continue to exploit women for prostitution, bride matching and  pornography.

Looking at the local scenario, Hospicio de San Jose since it revived its Crisis Intervention Program in 2005 has encountered more women and children who are at the disadvantaged situation. They are either abused by their husbands/partners or employers or abandoned with kids to support. Recently, increasing number of pregnant women who have experienced various forms of neglect and abuses from their husbands or partner were served in the center. From 2005 to the present a total of 814 persons in crisis situations sought refuge in the institution’s Crisis Center (Tahan Center) of which about 60 percent were women.

The building to be constructed will serve as a refuge for 25-30 (at a given period of time) of abused and disadvantaged women preferably in the National Capital Region. These women may have or may not have their children depending on the circumstance.

The construction of the building is initially funded by the ff. sponsors:

  • The Australian-New Zealand Association ( ANZA)
  • GHD
  • Sinclair Knight Merz ( Philippines) Inc.
  • AMH
  • LSM Builders & Steel Inc.

All contributions of time, talent and treasure are PRO-BONO.
Other donations for construction materials come from:
The Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program
HOLCIM for cement
James Hardie Philippines Inc.

The P5M project is still in need of donors, both in cash and in construction materials.
The building will hopefully be ready for occupancy before Christmas, 2011.