Put women’s welfare in dev’t plan: lawyer to gov’t

THE National Economic Development Authority (Neda) has tied up with the academe in conducting a series of lectures on the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022, where the women sector raised their concerns about the matter. 

Atty. Virginia Palanca-Santiago said the government should draft development plans that promote the welfare of the women, particularly on poverty alleviation. 

Santiago said there are women who are yet to be empowered and continue to experience abuse. She said the government should provide legal assistance to abused women. 

She hopes that Regional Trial Courts will be established in Camotes and Bantayan islands. 

“A woman who wants to file a case will have to go to the nearby town that has trial courts and those without budget will have to settle on not filing the case anymore. The police officers will even spare their own money from their salary during trials,” Santiago said. 

Neda’s Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Rosemarie Edillon, said that the observations will be considered. Edillon said there is already a discussion with the Supreme Court on the matter. 

“In fact, it is the first time that the PDP included the judiciary,” she said. 

As to the economic alleviation of women, Edillon said it was already factored into the PDP since the development goals will be more attainable when there are two income earners in the family, including the mothers. 

Yesterday, Neda presented the PDP and Central Visayas Development Plan (CVDP) for 2017-2022 with the officials of the agency. 

The PDP 2017-2022 is the first medium-term plan to be anchored on a national long-term vision, or AmBisyon Natin 2040. (RVC)
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