La Trinidad seeks institutionalization of men's day

A LAW institutionalizing the annual celebration of men's day every 19th day of November is being pushed in La Trinidad, Benguet.

The proposed measure, authored by La Trinidad councilors Apolinario Bagano Jr. and Teddy Walang, was passed on first reading to celebrate men's day in Benguet town.

This would provide an opportunity for stakeholders to acknowledge the men in their lives and the contributions they made to society.

International Men's Day is an annual international event celebrated on November 19 in over 80 countries.

It is supported by different organizations including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and was first celebrated in 1992.

The event is the longest celebration in Malta where different activities are held since February 1994.

Legislators in Benguet, meanwhile, disclosed the objectives of celebration are set out in the "Six Pillars of International Men's Day."

These include focusing on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, highlighting discrimination against men, and promoting male role models.

"It is an occasion to celebrate boys and men's achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values," the ordinance stated.

The celebration include advocacy programs in the involvement of men in reproductive health and other health issues, as well as medical and ancillary examinations.

It also includes the search for the model family, which recognizes families who are economically wise and proactive in community activities, as well as those who best practice family planning.

Under the proposed ordinance, an organizing committee has to be created to organize, coordinate and spearhead activities for the annual celebration.

This year, the town celebrated International Men's Day with the theme "Men's, Champions of Health and Family Well-being."

The celebration was highlighted with free haircut, urine screening, vital signs and nutrition counseling.


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