DAGUPAN JOINS WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
DAGUPAN CITY — The city government is joining the celebration of National Women’s Month this March to promote awareness of women’s rights.
With the theme “We make CHANGE work for women”, Mayor Belen Fernandez proudly presented the city’s achievements in line with the event, among them the launch of the training on gender sensitivity, the mental health awareness campaign, passage of the Anti-Street Harassment Ordinance, and the Gender Development Code of Dagupan City.
The month-long celebration here will highlight various activities, such as the Batik Ulopan Dagupeña Laban sa Karahasan (amazing race format) on March 8; free beauty services for the first 100 women on March 12; and Araw ng mga Kababaihang Manggagawa ng Dagupan on March 22.
The awarding of the Ulirang Kababaihan, skills training for selected solo parents, and the launch of the Women’s Center for women and children victims of violence will be held on March 26.
Dr. Lydwina Bernardo, focal person of the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GDFPS), said the programs indicate the city’s willingness and support for the localization of the Magna Carta for Women.
“This was also with the President’s (Rodrigo Duterte) blessing. He wants to push gender equality and women empowerment forward,” Bernardo said in an interview Tuesday.
In her speech on Monday, Fernandez emphasized the role of women in society.
“Ninety percent of department heads in the city are composed of women because women are hardworking, industrious, and focused on their duties,” she said.
Meanwhile, Fernandez announced the opening of the city’s lying-in clinic on March 14.
“The lying-in clinic’s purpose is to ensure that no woman in Dagupan will give birth in her own home,” she said, noting that the clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art X-ray, electrocardiogram, and ultrasound machines. (PNA)