Women power on the rise

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Monday, March 3, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The completion of women's groups in the 35 villages of the City of San Fernando on March 31 this year will boost "women power" here.

This was disclosed Monday by Gender and Development focal person Amy Catacutan, who disclosed during the kick-off ceremony and press conference of the Women's Month celebration in San Fernando themed "Fernandina, King Tetagan at Sikanan Mu, Sumulung ya ing Siyudad San Fernando," that thousands of Fernandinas have been enrolled in and are now members of various federated women's groups.

"Currently, we already have 24 women's groups with concrete plans and programs. On March 31, we expect that all our 35 barangays will have women's groups, which will join that day the mother women's federation and the 'Natatanging Fernandina Award' in the afternoon," Catacutan said.

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She told Sun.Star Pampanga that "women power" in the City of San Fernando is already on its second stage, now strengthened with the support of government agencies like the departments of Education, Health and Trade and industry, including the private sector described as a "first" in gender development.

"We are on the second stage of empowering women in the city. Ang una, iyung pag-gising at pagbangon. Ito na ngayon ang pagsulong as women power rises in San Fernando to protect our rights, privileges and attain gender equality," said Catacutan.

So far, Women's Month Celebration chairman Dr. Leticia Yap said programs and projects for Fernandinas have been sustained with the help of the City Government and its partners.

"We are the only city celebrating women twice a year, that is, every March and in September during Women's Week in honor of our heroin Doña Nicolasa Dayrit. Our many projects for women like birthing stations and programs like breastfeeding and healthcare have been sustained. Malaking bagay ang Women’s Month at ito ay year-round na sa City of San Fernando because of the city government’s support," she said.

Aside from Purple Day every Friday, the month-long women empowerment celebration will be highlighted by the new livelihood-oriented Roving Academy of the DTI, the DepEd's "Usapang Kababaihan para sa Kalakihan," Zumba Festival, All Women's March, business opportunity seminars, first aid training, breastfeeding and “buntis” summit among an array of activities women.
‘Sulong, Fernandina!’

Honorary woman Mayor Edwin Santiago, meanwhile, expressed his support to women in the city, noting that they are behind the success of men and leaders.

"We are supporting women power in this city. Sila ay gumising, bumangon at ngayon ay susulong na. Women play an important role in society. Our history is filled with women who went beyond their limitations so as to add life to humanity. It is through them that life springs forth and continues to flourish. Kaya say namin mga kalalakihan sa San Fernando, sulong Fernandina," said Santiago.

He added that the City Government, with the help of the City Council, will enact laws that will benefit the thousands of women in San Fernando.

"We envision to promote their holistic development that includes physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, social and environmental aspects through laws, programs and projects especially designed for and to empower them," said Santiago. (With JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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