Republic Act No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act or (AVAWC Act of 2004) is the law penalizing acts of violence against women and their children as a public crime.

The State values the dignity of women and children and guarantees full respect for human rights.  It also recognizes the need to protect the family and its members particularly women and children from violence and threats to their personal safety and security


Any ACT or series of ACTS committed by ANY PERSON against a WOMAN who is his

  • Wife
  • former wife
  • a woman with whom the PERSON HAS or HAD a SEXUAL or DATING relationship or
  • with whom he has a common child, or
  • against her child, legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode

Results in or is likely to result in

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Psychological harm or suffering
  • Economic abuse includes threats thereof
    • Battery
    • Assault
    • Coercion
    • Harassment or
    • Arbitrary deprivation of liberty


  • Public offence

Prosecuted upon

  • Criminal complaint
  • any citizen
  • personal knowledge of circumstances involving the commission of the crime


  • RTC designated as Family Court or
  • In the absence of FC, RTC where the crime or any of its elements was committed at the option of the complainant



Physical Violence

  • acts that include bodily or physical harm
  • Medical Certificate or medico legal report needed

Sexual Violence

  • acts causing or attempting to cause the victim to engage in any sexual activity by force, threat of force, physical or other harm, threat of physical or other harm, coercion, and
  • prostituting the woman or her child

Psychological Violence

  • Acts or omission causing or likely to cause mental or emotional suffering to the victim such as
  • Intimidation
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • damage to property
  • public ridicule or humiliation
  • repeated verbal abuse
  • marital infidelity

Economic Abuse

  • acts that make or attempt to make a woman financially dependent, includes
    • withdrawal of financial support
    • preventing the victim from engaging in legitimate profession, occupation, business or activity except in cases wherein the other spouse/partner objects on valid, serious and moral grounds as defined in Art. 73 of the Family Code
    • deprivation or threat of deprivation of financial resources and the right to the use and enjoyment of the conjugal, community or property owned in common
    • destroying HOUSEHOLD property
    • controlling the victim’s own money or properties or solely controlling the conjugal money or properties



  1. Protection Orders
    • Barangay Protection Order
    • Temporary Protection Order
    • Permanent Protection Order
  2. Confidentiality
    • Law enforcement officials, prosecution, judges, court personnel and medical practitioners as well as parties to the case shall recognize the right to privacy of the VS during investigation, prosecution and trial of an offence under the Act
    • Law enforcement officers and prosecutors conduct closed-door investigation
    • Media not allowed to have access to any information regarding the VS. Adult victim has choice to go public or speak with the media, preferably with the assistance of counsel
    • Barangay officials, law enforcers, prosecutors and court personnel not disclose names and personal circumstances of the VS or complainants or other information tending to establish their identities to the media or the public or compromise her identity
    • Unlawful for any person utilizing tri-media or information technology to cause publicity of the name or identity of the VS or complainant without her consent. Identities of children shall not be disclosed to the public without conformity of the city or provincial DSWD

*** Imprisonment of one (1) year and Fine of not more than P500,000.00



  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of RA 9262 through submission of quarterly VAWC Reports
  • Encourage the LGUs to establish the Creation of Local Committees on Anti-trafficking and Violence Against Women and Their Children (LCAT-VAWC) per DILG,DSWD & DOJ Joint MC 2010-01
  • Ensure LGU compliance on the Establishment of a VAW Desk and VAW Point Person in every barangay pursuant to Joint DILG-DSWD-DepEd-DOH-PCW MC No. 2010-2 dated December 9, 2010
  • As member of the Inter-agency Council on VAWC, attend meetings and activities and participate in the formulation of programs and projects to eliminate VAW based on the agency’s mandate

The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) is a diagnostic tool to assess poverty in the barangay, municipal, city, and provincial level. It provides policymakers and program implementers with a good information base for tracking the impacts of macroeconomic reforms and various policy shocks.

It is an organized way of collecting information at the local level for use of LGUs, national government agencies, NGOs, and civil society for planning, program implementation and monitoring. CBMS is a tool intended for a more improved governance and greater transparency and accountability in resource allocation.

The CBMS addresses the lack of necessary disaggregated data for diagnosing extent of poverty at the local level, determines the causes of poverty, serves as guide for formulating appropriate policies and programs, identifies eligible beneficiaries, and assesses the impact of policies and programs.

Benefits to be derived from the CBMS include building up of the capacity of the members of the community to participate in the development planning and monitoring process, enrichment of existing LGU databases, enhancement of the preparation of socioeconomic profiles, development and investment plans, aids in diagnosing poverty at the local level and in formulating appropriate interventions, identifying resource allocations and eligible beneficiaries.

Go to CBMS website

The local governance arena has gone through a dynamic and cutting-edge transformation since 1991 when the decentralization agenda was still a new concept. But as the environment evolves and new challenges emerge, there is one thing that is sure to stay: our commitment to providing quality capacity building intervention remains steadfast By exploring various strategies and means, we will continue to uplift the quality of local governance in the years to come.


One strategy is the Regional Search for EXCELLENCE IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE or EXCELL, an awards program for LGUs. It is conceptualized as a continuing project of the DILG VI for best managed local governments in the region showcasing their achievements in governance, administration, social services, economic development and environmental management initiatives. These are the components of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), upon which the performance of the LGUs shall be measured.


With LGUs’ unwavering commitment to support and encourage innovation, best practices, the award will recognize municipalities, cities and provinces commendable for their efforts in instituting good governance in their respective constituencies.


There are endless opportunities yet to be explored in the interest of good local governance. We only have to seek the helping hands of partner institutions and individuals who believe in the advocacy of good local governance. Thus, to all our indispensable partners and supporters, we offer this our humble accomplishment. We hope to continue our collaboration with you in the furtherance of good local governance.


The project is aimed to recognize LGUs that have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in governance, administration, social services, economic development and environmental management.  Further, the project is intended for:
  1. Advocacy for transparency and accountability in governance
  2. Positive reinforcement for good performers
  3. Popularizing replicable best practices
  4. Educating the electorate


The following are the awards categories for EXCELL:


Outstanding Province 1st Place P 50,000.00 + Plaque
Outstanding Highly Urbanized City 1st Place P 50,000.00 + Plaque
Outstanding Component City 1st Place P 50,000.00 + Plaque
Outstanding 1st-3rd Class Municipality (Category A) 1st Place P 30,000.00 + Plaque
Outstanding 4th-6th Class Municipalities (Category B) 1st Place P 30,000.00 + Plaque
Special Awards for sustaining the existing DILG programs Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran P 50,000.00 + Plaque
  Gabay sa Mamamayan Aksyon Center in the Barangays P 30,000.00 + Plaque
  Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards P 30,000.00 + Plaque
TOTAL   P 320,000.00


  • The search shall cover all cities, municipalities, provinces regionwide.
  • The city/municipal/provincial search committee, as the case may be, shall only submit one nominee in each category to the next higher level search committee. The provincial search committee shall submit top performing nominees in each category to the regional search committee. In case of tie, the search committee concerned shall further validate the results to break the tie and determine the awardee or nominee.
  • An awardee for three (3) consecutive years in the same awards category shall be a recipient of a Hall of Fame Award.
  • The decision of the regional search committee is final.



Provincial Search Committee

  1. The Provincial Search Committee (PSC) shall be the principal assessment team to evaluate the performance of component cities and municipalities based on the results submitted by the city/municipal search committee. 
  2. The PSC shall accomplish the applicable assessment forms for each component city and municipality and consolidate their over-all assessment numerical rating and shall rank all contestant LGUs based on the over-all assessment numerical rating (OANR) from the highest to lowest. The OANR shall be computed by dividing the Grand Total Point Score (GTPS) by the number of assessors. To arrive at the GTPS, get the sum of the Assessment Numerical Rating (ANR) of each assessor in every criterion to get the Total Point Score (TPS) for that criterion and add the TPS of all the criteria. 
  3. The PSC may validate the assessment made by the lower level committee, however, validation should be limited to those closely top performing nominees. 
  4. After having determined the top performing nominees, the PSC shall submit to the RSC, the comparative assessment of the top performing nominees in each category and with complete documentation. 
  5. The PSC shall nominate to the Regional Search Committee the following:
    1.   The Outstanding Province 
    2. The Outstanding Component City 
    3.  The Outstanding Category A and B municipalities


  1. The Regional Search Committee (RSC) shall assess/evaluate all nominees for component cities, and Categories A and B municipalities based on the results submitted by the PSC.
  2. The RSC shall evaluate the performance of highly urbanized city and province
  3. The RSC shall assess these LGUs through ocular inspection and analyses of documents. It shall likewise conduct briefing and feedback conferences with the local officials and functionaries concerned.
  4. The RSC may validate the assessment made by the lower level committee, however, validation should be limited to those closely top performing nominees.

Search Committees: Composition and Functions


Chairman: RD, DILG
Members: RED, DENR
RD, DepEd
Private Sector (2)
The Operations Services Division (OSD) of the DILG Regional Office VI shall provide administrative and technical support to the committee

1. Initiate and coordinate activities towards the successful implementation of the EXCELL project in the region

2. Assess all provinces, HUCs and provl./city nominees for the awards categories

3. Select the regional winners in all awards categories

4. May plan and implement appropriate awarding ceremonies for the winners


Chairman: PD, DILG
Provl. DepEd
Provl. PNP
Private Sector (2)

The DILG Provincial Office shall provide administrative and technical support to the committee

1. Initiate and coordinate activities towards the successful implementation of the EXCELL project in the province

2. Assess all component cities and municipalities in the province

3. Select the provincial nominees and nominate same to the RSC for further evaluation, or other appropriate action

4. May plan and implement appropriate awarding ceremonies for the provincial winners




Republic Act No. 7192 or Women in Development and Nation Building Act recognizes the role of women in nation-building and promotes the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.

GAD is a development perspective that recognizes that there are blocks/ gender biases that prevent people from attaining their full potentials. GAD works to remove gender biases in individual, families, and institutions. GAD enables women and men to do productive work and have control of and benefit from the income; and able to be knowledgeable, skilled, confident with abilities and comfortable with achievements, independence, and power.

Role of DILG:

As one of the oversight agencies, the DILG enjoins LGUs to mainstream and institutionalize GAD, ensuring that it is integrated and incorporated in the LGUs planning and budget processes which further ascertains the creation of the Local Councils of Women in every LGU.

DILG also maintains active partnership with other gender responsive institutions through UGSAD, the Regional Gender Resource Center for Western Visayas composed of GAD Focal Persons in the region. UGSAD created a venue that effectively address gender issues particularly in the workplace.

Republic Act 7192 - An act promoting the integration of women as full and equal partners of men in development and nation building and for other purposes

Republic Act 9262 - The Anti-viloence against Women and their Children Act of 2004

Republic Act 9710 - Magna Carta of Women

Guidelines on the Localization of Magna Carta Law of Women

Strengthening LGUs efforts to combat trafficking in person - an issuance supplementing Memorandum Circular No. 2005-26 on the strict implementation of Republic Act 9208, otherwise known as "Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003"

It is a self-assessment and web-based developement management tool for provinces, cities and municipalities capable of providing information on the capacities and limitations of LGUS in the delivery of essential public services.  It aims to provide results-oriented information concerning levels of LGU management capacity, service delivery and state of development from which may evolve decisions or actions to optimize investments or resources, establish LGU performance benchmarks and generate strategic data for local and national policy development.

Its major output called the Annual State of Local Governance Report or SLGR, in downloadable electronic format, provides strategic information concerning LGU performance in governance along the areas of Administration, Social Services, Economic Development, Environmental Management and Valuing the Fundamental of Governance.

the following e-Reports could be generated:

  • State of Local Governance Performance e=Report (e-SLGPR)
  • State of Local Development e-Report (e-SLDR)
  • Financial Performance e-Report
  • e-Summary Reports (provincial, regional, national)

There are two (2) LGPMS areas covered, with its respective sub-areas:

  • Governance Aspect
    • Administrative Governance
    • Social Governance
    • Economic Governance
    • Environmental Governance
    • Valuing Fundamentals of Good Governance
  • Developmental Aspect
    • Social Development
    • Economic Development
    • Environmental Development

SLDR Performance Scale.  A perfect scale of 5 denotes excellent performance while performance scales of 1-4 indicates for improvement:

     5=  Excellent
     4=  High
     3=  Fair
     2=  Low
     1=  Very Low

SLDR Performance Scale.  a 5-point scal and color codes are applied to visualize the result.  The numerical equivalent used to gauge the level of development is called the "Development Index":

5 4 3 2 1
Very High High Fair Poor Bad

Lately, the LGU Scorecard on Health and Local Tourism Statistical System was integrated as sub-system of LGPMS version 2.1 aimed to generate crucial information that will serve as a common platform particularly to helath and tourism.

LGPMS is among the criteria for LGU vying SGH Gold category.  It is also one of the criteria for the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi.

Regional Office Commitments:

  • Provide all LGUs with technical assistance:
    • in preparation of State of Local Govenance Reports
    • to improve LGU performance based on SLGR
Performance Indicators Targets
Percentage of LGUs with Annual SLGRs 100% of LGUs (province, cities, and municipalities) submitted by the end of May of the current year
National report prepared and published No later than June of the current year