Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya—Programs for the welfare of women is being sustained by the provincial government here in partnership with other government agencies to uplift the plight of the women sector in nation building.
Empowerment forums were offered recently for the province’s women as part of the Women’s Month celebration this month.
In March 8, a forum sponsored by the provincial government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development at the 24/7 Hotel and Resort in Solano town was attended by close to 500 members of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina from the 15 towns of the province.
The forum provided inputs for women’s welfare and rights through the lectures on Gender Sensitivity, anti-Child Pornography and Cyber Sex Crime Prevention Acts by lawyer Susan Flore-Danao, Assistant City Prosecutor in Tuguegarao City including Rep. Tomasito Villarin of the Akbayan Party-list and principal author of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program law among others.
“We are truly grateful because the advocacy for women is being sustained by the provincial government and other concerned agencies. With these lectures, we can improve our role and responsibility in our family and community as well,” said Merly Pescasio, Federation president of the KALIPI Association Inc.
In March 9, more than 5,000 women-members of other organizations also attended another Women’s Month Forum at the NV Convention Center in Bayombong town which was graced by Senator Cynthia Villar as guest of honor and speaker.
The participants to the forum were officers and members of the Abot Palad Foundation, Inc., Rural Improvement Club, Senior Citizens, and Order of the Amaranth, among others.
The massive advocacy to empower women in the province is being sustained by the provincial government to understand their rights and to develop their skills for the improvement of their families and their respective communities.
The provincial government solely provides assistance to the women’s organizations and also partners with other agencies for their possible livelihood programs for women.
One of these agencies is the SN Aboitiz Power – Magat, which provides financial assistance for livelihood projects of women through their Corporate Social Responsibility Program(CSR) in partnership with the provincial government.
“This year, another CSR project from SNAP-Magat will be given to the women sector of Quezon town for their livelihood project and the provincial government is grateful about it because it has an impact on the lives of women’s families,” said Luzviminda Ragpa, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer.
Other agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Health among others also joined in the advocacy to support the women sector.
She said other lectures on the previous Women’s Month celebrations include Reproductive Health, Violence Against Women and Children and programs, projects and services of other government agencies on livelihood.
Women empowerment in the province can now also be felt with the increasing number of reports received by the Philippine National Police, which are primarily related to Violence Against Women and Children.
“This only shows that our women are now vigilant and aware of their rights especially those in remote areas,” said Rachel Magday-Itchon, executive assistant of the provincial government.