Dumaguete City Councilor Lilani Ramon, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panglungsod Committee on Women, Children, and Special needs announces that her committee is eyeing for the realignment of budget for some programs and projects and utilize it for other initiatives focused on values formation and livelihood for women.
Councilor Ramon noted that 85 percent of the female Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) in the correctional who are involved in illegal drug cases entered drug trading not just for survival but in order to acquire material assets.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo assures female residents of the city that the city government will continue to roll out programs and initiatives related to promoting gender equality and advancing women and children’s welfare. He also paid tribute to all women who have a big role in nation-building.
Meanwhile, other women empowerment advocates Ms. Asela Bella Tse of non-government organization FORGE and Ms. Lilibeth Filipinas of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) supported this claim noting young women engage in drug, human, and sexual trafficking because they want to obtain material wealth. This is attributed to high exposure on social media.
Councilor Ramon said her committee will focus on providing livelihood to these female PDLs so that they won’t have to go back to illegal drug trading.
This topic was tackled during a a #KapihanSaPIA forum in observance of National Women’s Month held on March 4, 2021 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)
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