BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 15 (PIA) – The provincial government here will be conducting a Women’s Summit in the middle of this year to address various issues and concerns confronting Novo Vizcayanos women in the province.
“We will conduct a Women’s Summit in a few months from now to generate problems of the women sector and come up with solutions on how to positively confront them,” said Governor Carlos Padilla during the recent celebration of Women’s Month at the municipal auditorium in Bambang town.
During the activity, more than 5,000 members of various women’s organizations were given orientation and lectures on women’s rights, Gender and Development Program and the law on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).
The program was participated by members of the Order of the Amaranth, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina, Rural Improvement Club and Abot Palad Foundation Inc., headed by former Governor Ruth Padilla, among others.
Padilla also vowed full support for the proposed Women’s Summit which will be participated by national government as well as local government agencies.
“This will further empower our women sector as active partners of our government for progress and development by solidifying their families,” he said.
The Women’s Month celebration in the province was also supported by the 15 local government units through the conduct of their separate programs, projects and activities.
Police Chief Inspector Myla Paguyo, Police Provincial Police Office focal person on VAWC and public information officer, said they have also conducted a women’s forum for policewomen, fund raising activity through a fun ride and gift giving and spiritual enhancement among women inmates at the provincial jail in Bayombong town.
A blood letting activity is also set this week at the Veterans Regional Hospital (VRH) in support of the Blood Program of the Philippine Red Cross.
“I am happy to say that our women sector in the province is now empowered due to an increased level of awareness on their rights and concerns under VAWC,” she said.
Paguyo said Nueva Vizcaya registered the highest number of VAWC cases in the entire Cagayan Valley region last year and their office continue to gather more complaints this year.
“The problem now is how to reduce the number of cases and incidents through aggressive implementation of information campaign programs and other interventions designed to address women’s rights and welfare,” Paguyo said. (ALM/BME/Ben Moses Ebreo/PIA 2-NVizcaya)