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Lagawe enacts Gender and Development Code

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (15 November) -- In an effort to promote women or men empowerment, gender equality, their human rights and gender responsive development, the municipal government here has formulated Municipal Ordinance No. 2007-84 otherwise known as the Gender and Development Code of Lagawe, Ifugao.

Authored and sponsored by Mayor Ceasario Cabbigat, the ordinance aims among others to respond to gender issues and mainstream GAD in all plans, programs, projects, and services.

Records obtained from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here show that Lagawe is one of the municipalities with the highest cases of violence against women and children.

The ordinance states that all concerned departments of the Municipal Government, including barangays and line agencies, shall act within 24 hours upon receipt of complaints or reports of violence against women/men and children.

"The Municipal Government shall provide immediate comprehensive support to victim-survivors of violence that shall consist of, but not limited to referrals through free or low cost services such as legal, medical, psychological, shelter and to coordinate other forms of support services provided by the Provincial Government Offices and Non-Government Organizations," the ordinance stated.

The Municipal Government shall also ensure reproductive health care services to men and women as provided for in RH Ordinance of 2006. "Quality health care and services that are not discriminatory on account of their gender, age, sex, creed, religion and ethnicity shall be implemented," Cabbigat said.

Cabbigat said that through this ordinance, concerned agencies shall provide capability training that will enable women to become more productive citizens in the community and participate actively in decision-making processes; promote and strengthen adult education program; the media industry shall support the use of indigenous forms and expressions in story telling, drama, poetry and sons to disseminate information on gender-sensitive issues among others. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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