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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

 

Commission on Women holds Magna Carta of Women info caravan first leg

by Susan Aro

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- The Philippine Commission on Women Information Caravan on the Magna Carta of Women held its first leg in the province underscoring the protection, promotion and fulfillment of women’s rights.

PCW Deputy Director Manuela Silva stressed to groups of women who were present during the information caravan held recently at the Ben Palispis Hall, Provincial Capitol the importance of knowing the law so that they can make use of it to their advantage.

The Magna Carta of Women was passed in 2009 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was approved in 2010.

Silva said in the social contract of President Benigno Aquino III, one commitment is the recognition of the importance of gender equality and women empowerment in all spheres of public policies and programs in a regime of gender disparities and shortfalls.

Silva said their office, which monitors the implementation of the law, has to deliver the President’s commitment. She also urged the women’s groups to help in monitoring the implementation of the law for government to respond and address their concerns and to demand their rights.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) collates reports of local government units in the implementation of the law while line agency reports are submitted to their respective national offices.

“All have the responsibility to implement the law not only we as women but as government, non government organizations, civil society, and private sector,” Silva stressed.

Among the responsibilities spelled out in the law is for government to advocate its implementation using gender mainstreaming. It means looking into the concerns of women and men of government in formulating policies, plans, programs, projects and services and make sure that the concerns of women are identified and are addressed, according to Silva.

The government has to do yearly Gender and Development (GAD) planning and budgeting where programs could be incorporated in implementing the law.

The Commission on Audit yearly audits GAD plan and budget including its implementation as the government agencies are mandated to allocate five percent from their yearly budget for the program, said Silva.

Governor Nestor Fongwan, in his message stressed of the Magna Carta of Women; “It is not a matter of option. It is a law. We really have to implement it.”

Fongwan also underscored the need to re-echo to various municipalities learnings from the caravan to also keep them informed of their rights.

Founding President of the Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE) Atty. Dennis Pulma was also one of the discussants in the caravan. He explained the salient points of the Magna Carta of Women.

Pulma committed to support women’s concerns adding that d he has not only read the law but more so embraced it which is a difference he wants to share in advocating the rights of women.

The caravan is spearheaded by the provincial government and the PCW together with the Office of Senator Pia Cayetano who has been supportive to programs on women empowerment, according to Silva. (JDP/SCA- PIA CAR,Benguet)

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