Local government officials and advocates tackled various issues and the gains of the programs to advance and promote women’s rights in a forum with the Philippine Information Agency Thursday morning.
In his remarks, Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo pays tribute to the gains in the campaign for gender equality and the growing role of women in nation building.
“What men can do, women can do better,” Mayor Remollo said.
Nevertheless, Mayor Remollo assures that the City Government will invest in programs and initiatives that support will provide more opportunities for women and children to achieve their full potentials and protect their welfare.
City Councilor Lilani Ramon, Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Children, highlighted the economic struggle and pressures from the very own kin of victims of violence against women and children that force them to withdraw the cases against their abusers.
Newly-installed City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Ramoncelio Sawan agrees with Councilor Ramon as he noted that of the 27 cases in the first 2 months of 2021 related to Violence Against Women and Children and/or Child Abuse, only 1 victim has decided to pursue his complaint.
Thus, Councilor Ramon will also find means so that livelihood opportunities will be provided to VAWC victims so they will have better economic security to resist pleas from their abusers and their relatives to drop the cases.
It also noted that the City Government has assigned a psychologist to conduct evaluation of VAWC victims for free.
The forum is one of the series of activities in celebration of the Women’s Month this March 2021.
Accordingly, this year’s women’s month celebration gives tribute to #SuperJuanas who fulfill various roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.