DAGUPAN CITY, Mar 9 (PIA) — Pangasinan is one with the nation in observing National Women’s Month this March. A series of activities are lined up by various local government units and agencies for the promotion of women’s participation.
On Tuesday, March 5, the city government of Dagupan conducted a forum dubbed “Women’s Right: What to Know and What to Gain” where Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs) and other female personnel in the city government were briefed and reminded of their rights.
Emily Ferrer, BSPO president in the city, said most of them only knew about four laws for women. She was surprised to know that at least 100 laws have been passed for women’s welfare.
Today, March 8, a parade kick-off in San Carlos City was held to signal the start of the month–long celebration coinciding with the International Women’s Day celebration. The Local Council for Women spearheaded the activity including the Search for ‘Mrs. Buntis’ where qualifications for pregnant women include: non-high risk with normal BP; at least five months pregnant on the date of contest proper; has received at least one tetanus toxoid as per pre-natal medical record; had at least three pre-natal check-up as certified; and with beauty, talent, pleasing personality.
The Pangasinan State University in Lingayen (main campus) will conduct a motorcade using “padyak” or tri-bike on March 12 to signal the start of the activities.
Female teaching and non-teaching personnel from the nine PSU campuses will lead a forum to empathize the need to accelerate women’s participation in governance and enhance gender perspective in upholding good governance.
Schedules are as follows: PSU Lingayen and Binmaley (March 12); Asingan and Sta. Maria (Mar 13); San Carlos City (Mar 14); Infanta and Alaminos City (Mar 18); Bayambang (Mar 19); and Urdaneta City (Mar 20).
A Symposium on Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 (R.A. No. 9208) will be held in Dagupan City on March 12 to make the people aware on the value of women and children.
The activity also aims to recognize the importance of protecting the family and its members, particularly women and children, from violence and threats to their personal safety and security.
Media forums, including television and radio programs, will also have women personalities as guests. (JCR/VHS-PIA1 Pangasinan) – See more at: http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=411362717952#sthash.7ite73Ai.dpuf