Beng leads ‘Dia de las Mujeres,’ stresses women’s role in dev’t PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 March 2015 18:21

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday led the women’s group in the “Dia de las Mujeres 2015” celebration at the Ayala gym, where she cited the important role of women in community development.

Climaco, who championed the rights of women and children during her two terms in congress, pointed out in her brief message during the program that women power is much stronger than that of men to develop a community, peaceful and progressive.

The program was highlighted by the induction of the newly-elected officers of the Federacion de las Mujeres de Costa Oeste (Ayala Chapter).

Meanwhile, the “Dia de las Mujeres” yesterday was a prelude to this year’s Women’s Month celebration this month, which will formally kick off on Monday, March 9, under the auspices of the City Government of Zamboanga through the Gender and Development (GAD) and the Local Council of Women (LCW).

The activities will include a dance parade dubbed “Baile de las Mujeres” that will start at 6:30 am on March 9 at Ledesma Street (in front of the City Fire Station) towards Paseo del Mar where a short program will follow.

GAD Vice Chairperson/Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar and Local Council of Women Chairperson Milagros Fernandez are extending the invitation to the public to join the dance parade and the other activities that will be held during the day. Participants are encouraged to wear purple/violet clothes.

Women participants are also encouraged to avail of the free breast examination and pap smear test that will be held at the Centro Latino Lobby.

Shoppers can also visit booths featuring local products of Rural Improvement Club (RIC) women entrepreneurs.

The Women’s Celebration aims to raise funds for its beneficiaries and invites donations (in cash or kind). For inquiries, interested parties may get in touch with Maine/Kiamee of the GAD Secretariat at 991-5991.

Proceeds of the activity will benefit the Psychiatric Ward of the Zamboanga City Medical Center, the Women Inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Women Crisis Center. — Vic Larato