Climaco champions women empowerment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:43

by Jasmine Mohammadsali

Mayor Beng Climaco championed women empowerment and transformation as she led delegations from different national and local agencies for the Dia de las Mujeres, the City’s kick off activity for the nationwide commemoration of Women’s Month yesterday, March 8.

“I believe that women can make change happen,” Climaco said, emphasizing that the theme of this year’s celebration, “We Make Change Work for Women”, is an appeal for women to fulfill their calling as catalysts of change in their personal and professional lives.

Climaco urged all women to be attuned with their gifts to help their communities, especially the children.

“Please spend time thinking and looking about yourself, what role you will play to make change happen for others,” Climaco said.

The 2017 Dia de las Mujeres was set in motion with the opening program and fund-raising campaign held at the KCC Mall Car Park area.

A highlight of the program was the presentation of 13 women hailing from different fields and professions who have initiated change in their lives, organizations, and in the community.

Recognized for their strength and compassion were 1Lt. Angelita G. Alpay of the Philippine Air Force, 1Lt. Ma. Joan V. Duena of the Philippine Army, Seaman II Michelle Luna of the Philippine Navy, Lt. Jr. Grade Rojane Tolentino of the Philippine Coast Guard, P01 Leizle Abejero of the Philippine National Police, Jail Officer I Kadleen Carreon of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Insp. Cecille D. Cariño of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Ma. Loradel Dalumpines, a teacher, Dr. Filipinas Rojo, Krizta Vienna Tagalog, a nurse, traffic aide Leah Dacumos, and social worker Amelita Y. Lachica.

Through the efforts of the Gender and Development Technical Working Group and the Local Council of Women, the opening program ushered in a fund-raising campaign which was able to collect Php 77,746.25 to aid victims of violence and injustice.

The proceeds of the campaign will go to agencies such as Women’s Crisis Center, the Social Development Center, and the Women and Children desk of the Philippine National Police. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the women inmates at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

Dr. Milagros Fernandez, Chairperson of the Local Council of Women that empowerment is also about breaking stereotypes and pushing for equal opportunities.

“As women, we are called to be strong, independent, empowered, and to be catalyst for change,” she said, as she urged participants to reflect on things that can still be done to empower and inspire others, and the next generation.  (Jasmine Mohammadsali)