ANGELES CITY – The city has joined the international community in the commemoration of the International Women’s Month (IWM).

Mayor Francis ‘Blueboy’ Nepomuceno coordinates with Gender and Development Office and other advocates from the private and public sectors by coming up with fun, educational and meaningful activities for the whole month of March.

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IWM is globally celebrated every March. The whole month would be spent in tribute to the economic, political and social achievements of women.

To celebrate IWM, Nepomuceno has set activities for the whole month which raise public awareness on women's issues and achievements across all sectors and cultures.

Nepomuceno cited the importance of women in society, “Women are powerful in their very essence. She is capable of creating, nurturing and transforming”.

“Whatever you give to a woman, she would make something greater. Present her a house and she will transform it into a home. Provide her food rations and she will offer you a hearty meal. She multiplies and enlarges whatever she is given,” added Nepomuceno.

The City Government made a beneficial head start of the celebration by offering a free Osteoporosis Screening on March 01, 2010 at the City Hall Lobby.

A lecture about Diabetes and Healthy Lifestyle was also held yesterday at the Holy Angel University here.

In line with the program, Doctor Alfie Bonifacio and Lawyer Bryan Nepomuceno are set to sponsor free dental consultation and legal assistance on March 09, 2010, 8 to 11 a.m. at the City Library.

Various activities were also slated on March 9 by the local government in cooperation with WeDpro, Inc., a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-registered non-profit organization in the Philippines working with for women and children.

The afternoon affair would include a lecture, a face and mask painting experience and a singing competition.

Nepomuceno said that there would be free Pap smear testing at Juanita L. Nepomuceno Birthing Center on March 9 and March 11.

Papanicolaou Smear or Pap Smear is a screening test that could detect cancerous or precancerous conditions of the cervix. It should be done once every two years or depending on your physician’s recommendation.

The Agriculture Office, for its part, will be hosting livelihood programs entitled ‘Meat Processing with Orientation Briefing on Backyard Gardening & Distribution of Seeds and Plants’ and ‘Candy Making with Orientation Briefing on Backyard Gardening & Distribution of Seeds and Plants’ on March 17 and March 18.

Seminars on responsible parenthood will be held on March 17 and March 24 at the Teen Information Center, 2nd Floor, Balibago Social Hygiene Clinic.

A lecture about Breast Cancer will also be conducted on March 22 and March 29 at the City Health Office.

The local government, in partnership with Tour of Hope, has organized an awareness rally on March 20.

“In a developing metropolis like Angeles City, authentic progress cannot be achieved if a fraction of its population is excluded from the opportunities it creates. Hence, the Angeles City government would like to pay tribute to the women by organizing activities to empower them,” Nepomuceno said.