Beng cites lady legislators’ role in 15th Congress PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:58

House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco has underscored the vital role played by the lady legislators in the 15th Congress as she urged both men and women members of the House to champion the welfare of women by promoting gender equality, preventing child mortality rate, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS.

Congresswoman Climaco emphasized this in her welcome message during the opening ceremony of the Photo and Art Exhibit themed: Empowering Women Through Legislation and Arts, Envisioning to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals on Monday, March 14 at the Southwing Lobby of the House of Representatives of the Philippines.

“It is really a long way that women struggle in the Philippines has gone as we celebrate the 100 years of women empowerment and still continue to do so. Let us celebrate womanhood in partnership with men”, she said.  “This is also the opportunity to thank the women in the House – the Association of Lady Legislators as well as the hardworking women in the committee secretariat who have worked so hard with us for the birth and passage of the bills”.

Rep. Climaco stressed, “the Lady Legislators’ role in Congress is very important. Our appreciation goes to Speaker Sonny Belmonte for providing us continuous support and various opportunities in the legislative process. As we work for the Millennium Development Goals, let us always remember to champion the welfare of women by promoting gender equality, preventing child mortality rate, improving maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS. Four of the eight points in MDGs are directly focused on the welfare of women.”

The week-long activity, which was spearheaded by the Association of Lady Legislators and Committee on Women and Gender Equality, was followed by the All-Women session at the plenary where Rep. Climaco was the presiding officer. The event is held in celebration International Women’s Day and Women’s Month.

A change-maker and known champion for women empowerment, Rep. Climaco started making waves in 2004 when she was elected as the first lady Vice Mayor of the City of Zamboanga. In May 2007, she marked another history as the first Congresswoman to occupy the post as Representative of the 1st District in the 14th Congress and authored the Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710). On her second term as member of the House of Representatives, she joined the leadership of the 15th Congress as Deputy Speaker earning another distinction as the youngest and the only woman Deputy Speaker of the six House Deputy Speakers. — Marvin Segura