Celso lauds women assembly delegates PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 November 2011 17:52

Mayor Celso Lobregat has commended the delegates to the just concluded 9th General Assembly of the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women (PFLCW) for coming over to Zamboanga City despite earlier plan to call off the event due to military operations in Bailan and Zamboanga Sibugay late last month.

“Let me emphasize that Zamboanga City is very much peaceful, our peace and order remains normal even as the military and police are on alert in the neighboring provinces,” Lobregat told the women delegates in a message read for him by Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar during the opening of the 9th PFLCW General Assembly Wednesday at the Grand Astoria Hotel.

It can be recalled, the event would have been postponed in consideration of the military operations late October in the provinces of Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay. However, delegates from the different parts of the council decided to come just the same. Hence, the PFLCW officers headed by its Founding Chairperson Myrna Yao and President Rosalyn Wee decided to push through with the event anchored on the theme “LCW: Bridging Economic Gaps by Providing Tools for Self-Sufficiency.”
According to the mayor, the three-day assembly provided the city with the opportunity to showcase the achievements and plans of action of the Local Council of Women headed by Dr. Mila Fernandez and Councilor Lilia Nuño, who also chairs the Focal Person of the Gender and Development.

“We may have our own failures, but definitely our achievements are far greater than what we expected. Our most anticipated and successful activities every year are the celebrations of National Women’s Month and the Pink October Walk where thousands people, mostly women joined. The activities enable us to raise funds for our women who are victims of cancer,” Lobregat said.

He added the city together with LCW and GAD also trained local women for livelihood skills in coordination with TESDA. “Maternal and Child care services have also been conducted, year-round sessions on community participation skills development, year-round advocacy sessions on anti-violence against women and children pursuant to RA 9262, year-round advocacy on the rights.”

Last year, the city government launched a literacy program dubbed as Comprehensive Empowerment, Livelihood for Social Opportunities or  C.E.L.S.O. in 10 Muslim-dominated barangays. The program benefited 240 Muslim women who are now able to write, count and read, at least the basics.

“And the most celebrated feat in our cause to protect the women is the unrelenting campaign on Anti-Trafficking against Women and Children with the creation of
the City Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking (CIACAT) pursuant to Executive Order No. CL-59-2005, which gave impetus to our campaign on Trafficking in Persons in Zamboanga City,” he said.

“Arrests of suspected traffickers have been made, victims have been rescued and cases have been filed in court. Most of all, we have already secured six convictions, thanks to City Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito who also chairs the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking or RIACAT,” he stressed.

Last Thursday, the women delegates together with the PFLCW officers paid a courtesy call on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall, during which the chief executive gave a powerpoint presentation on the cultural, historical and economic strengths of Zamboanga, Asia’s Latin City.— Vic Larato