QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government signed on Friday a pact pledging to uphold rights and welfare of women as the world celebrates the International Women’s Day, the Philippine News Agency reported.
Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte pledged to implement the programs listed on the Quezon City Community Women Leaders Federation’s 10-point agenda which includes district hospitals with specialty clinic for women illnesses and mental health; district colleges or technical vocational center with state-of-the-art facilities; and a livelihood training and showcase center for the women entrepreneurs.
She also promised to create shelters and homes for abandoned senior citizens; special discount and privileges for solo parents and persons with disabilities; a health and wellness center; free maintenance medicines; scholarship and financial grants; child-minding centers; a 24-hour emergency hotline; and a holistic anti-drug education campaign.
“Maaasahan po ninyo ako na ako ang unang titindig para sa mga programang kailangan ng kababaihan sa ating lungsod (You can rely on me that I will be the first to stand for the programs needed by women in our city),” Belmonte said during the Quezon City Women Convention.
The 10-point agenda signed are already in her platforms of governance while some of these are already included in the ordinances passed by the city council.
“To all may fellow women, keep the faith and keep up the good work. Let’s maintain our being champion and spread even more our advocacy to our neighbors for as long as there are women being abused, women not provided with service, and their problems are not addressed. It’s all our right so let’s fight for it,” Belmonte said in her message to all the Filipino women struggling for their rights.
In a separate news, the Quezon City government received from the Philippine Commission on Women citations for its three social hygiene clinics – Klinika Batasan, Klinika Bernardo, and Klinika Project 7 – as well as its protection center.