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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012


Rural women's congress held

by John Eric B. Escalante

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 1 -- “Let us not belittle our capacities as women in transforming our communities.”

These were the words of Mayor Wilma Gattud of Tubo, Abra who was among the participants in a recent Pantawid Pamilya Rural Women’s Congress held in Baguio City.

The activity gathered women's sector representatives from local government units, beneficiaries, and partner organizations seeking to increase their participation in community development initiatives and to solicit concrete approaches in empowering the rural women.

Among the topics discussed during the two-day congress include the conditional cash transfer, women’s situation and Cordillera women’s challenges.

“As women, we should be empowered and be a part of the community development” also shared Kibungan Vice Mayor Aureiana Sacpa.

As a result, an action plan for the each sector (local government unit, non-government organizations and beneficiaries) was crafted and presented. The action plan, according to Pantawid Pamilya Deputy Program Manager Janet P. Armas will help advocate the program and increase women’s participation in community affairs.

Meanwhile, Pantawid Pamilya Gender and Indigenous Peoples Focal Person Krystle Segwaben emphasized that the activity is a share of the Pantawid Pamilya in meeting the Millennium Development Goals particularly Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.

Further, the action plan created focuses on the health and nutrition awareness, education and advocacy campaign for women empowerment and their rights, LGU, NGA, and NGO mobilization on the provision of livelihood and skills enhancement workshops, and community-led activities on values formation and family development.

The activity ended with high hopes that through the Pantawid Pamilya, there will be improved women participation not only in agricultural activities but also in community development.

“Development is a community effort. We, women from the barrios, have a big part on this task” added Mayor Gattud.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. One of its conditions includes mandatory pre and post natal care for pregnant women. Mothers, as head grantees who receive the cash grant, should attend the monthly Family Development Sessions together (if possible) with their partners. (PIA CAR/ JEBE-DSWD CAR)

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