GAD Council celebrates Women's Month

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Thursday, March 8, 2012


THE Bacolod City Gender and Development (GAD) Council celebrates the 2012 Women's Month with the theme Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone's Responsibility.

The celebration highlights the responsibility of the people especially women towards the environment and disaster preparedness.

The GAD Council chaired by Councilor Em Ang has lined up a series of activities, which include clean-up drives, potting session or seedling preparation, mangrove planting, medical missions, solid waste management campaign and feeding program.

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A forum on Integrating Gender Perspective in Disaster Risk Reduction, Policies Plans and Program will be conducted at the City Council Session Hall New Government Center Thursday with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Head as the resource speaker.

The Gad Council will also sponsor a seminar on Barangay Protection Order to orient all barangay officials, children and women's desk and police personnel on the implementation of the BPO under Republic Act No. 9262.

An orientation on HIV/AIDS will also be conducted, as well as a reproductive health mobile clinic, mental health outreach program and a forum on Kababayin-an sa Pulitika sponsored by the Negros Cultural Foundation.

Ang said, in order to generate awareness amongst the public, activities on gender and climate change adaptation, information dissemination on disaster risk reduction such activities is necessary.

It is also important to integrate gender perspectives in disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programs and involve women in the planning and strategizing processes.

She enjoined women's groups and organizations, NGO's and other departments and agencies of the government to participate in the observance and encouraged them to conduct specific programs focused on environmental awareness campaign. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 08, 2012.

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