A WOMEN’S organization in Cebu City with 10,000 members declared its support for all Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) candidates in the May 9 polls.
The Kalipunan ng mga Liping Pilipina (Kalipi) together with the BOPK signed a covenant on the matter, which came at least three weeks before the start of the campaign period for local candidates.
The group said they are supporting BOPK headed by their mayoralty candidate and former mayor Tomas Osmeña because the demolitions implemented by the current administration traumatized women.
“We say enough is enough and we will help ensure that this oppressive administration will step down in defeat come May 9 elections,” they said.
They also believed a change of leadership in the city is needed so that problems on illegal drug trade, traffic congestion, garbage collection and fiscal management among others will already be addressed.
“We recognize that we play a crucial role come May 9 elections to ensure the victory of the entire BOPK slate. We will cast our vote, we will campaign for BOPK to our families, relatives and friends and most importantly, we will help guard the votes,” they said.
The group further believes that a “strong” and “sustainable future” for the city can only be achieved through Osmeña with his running mate Councilor Nestor Archival Sr., reelectionist Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north) and Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (Cebu City, south) and their 16 councilorial candidates.
Kalipi and BOPK signed another covenant in yesterday’s event to help ensure the promotion and advancement of the women sector.
They will make sure that women will be represented in decision and policy-making processes at the City Government and their rights
The two groups will also support efforts of various non-government organizations and people’s organizations to address violence against women and children.
They will formulate and adopt new legislation in the City Council that will promote the women’s agenda of social, political and economic empowerment as well as gender equality.