PAMPANGA Provincial Government has lined up activities that would focus on the significant role women play in society and on the issues that are important to them.

This was learned from Josephine Lorenzo of the Provincial Population Office (PPO), who, in coordination with the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), has earmarked specific programs of activities relative to the observance of the women’s month.

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The PHO led in the “Hataw” or exercises participated in by female employees of the Provincial Government done last March 5 at Macario Arnedo Park in front of the capitol building, to emphasize the importance of physical fitness in women’s health.

On March 8, which is also the International Women’s Day, formal launching of March as Women’s Month was done at the capitol grounds during the flag-raising ceremonies.

Governor Eddie T. Panlilio gave a message focusing on the role of women in the family, society and governance.

On two consecutive Fridays, March 12 and 19, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), with PHO head Dr. Benjamin Arboleda, will give free Pap smear examination to women employees of the Provincial Government, on a first come, first served basis, at the Provincial Infirmary/Malward.

Susan Dimabuyu of the PSWDO said there will be an orientation on women’s rights for capitol women employees at the Benigno Aquino Jr. Memorial Hall on March 15.

The following day, March 16, Dimabuyu continued, Municipal SWDOs, women representatives from the women and children’s desks of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the women’s organization Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipino (Kalipi) shall conduct a forum on Women’s Rights or the Magna Carta for Women at the Katimawan Hall, Pampanga Provincial Police Office.

Lorenzo emphasized that March 29 is filled with activities relative to Women’s Month and which she felt sure “would give a wonderful treat for women who do multiple tasks in their busy lives.”

On that day at 9 a.m., women shall be treated to massage therapy at the PHO which will be given “free of charge, but voluntary tips for the therapists would be welcome.”

In addition to the above, there will also be facials and foot spa services, with a recovery cost of P100 per service and free hair cut for capitol women employees at the lobby and conference hall of the Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO).

On March 29, the Provincial Training Center (PTC) shall provide skills training on hair dressing and cosmetology while the Provincial Employment Services Office (Peso) shall conduct training on soap making at the PCEDO garden.

At 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. of March 29, a program on Women’s Recognition Day will be held at Benigno Aquino Jr. Hall where the Huwarang Manggagawang Kababaihan sa Pampanga will be recognized and the Kalipi set of officers shall take their oath of office.

This is an apt culminating activity for Women’s Month and a fitting tribute to women who have been contributing so much more of themselves than is being recognized, Lorenzo concluded. (Press Release/PIO)