The city government has formally opened its Php5-million Women Crisis Center (WCC).

The facility, located inside the compound of the city’s Social Development Center at the downtown area, could house a total of 24 clients.

Cheribin Mena Viloria, city social welfare officer, said the center has three large bedrooms that could each accommodate eight persons, a receiving office, training room, comfort rooms, kitchen and dining area.

“The city government also plans to equip the women admitted to the center with skills development trainings like sewing to help them develop themselves, become more productive, and most importantly, help them move on from the trauma that they have experienced,” Viloria said.

The center, which started construction in 2016, is one of the flagship projects of the late City Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr., who died from a lingering illness last year.

Following Guiani Jr.’s death, his sister, then Vice Mayor City Cynthia Frances Guiani – Sayadi, who succeeded him as mayor, continued the project.

Sayadi said establishment of the WCC is important, pointing out the rising abuses committed against women despite massive information campaign on their rights.(PNA) LAP/BS/NYP