Feature: A double celebration for the women of Davao Norte
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (19 March) -- It's twice as much celebration for the province of Davao del Norte as it joins the whole world in the observance of the Women's Month this March.
Making this year's women's month celebration more colorful and meaningful for the province is the 18th anniversary of the Davao del Norte Provincial Council of Women, which has been at the forefront in advancing the welfare and development of the women sector in the province.
The twin celebration, which was held at the RDR Gym in Mankilam, Tagum City last March 12, 2009, has adopted two themes: the local theme, "DNPCW at 18: Rolls on RDR WHEELS' Agenda for Games and Recreation," and the national celebration's, "Babae, Yaman ka ng Bayan."
The local theme honors the grace and vitality of the women through the launch of the "DNPCW Sportsfest 2009". On the other hand, the national theme for the Women's Month celebration highlights the critical role of women in nation-building and recognizes that women are an important resource who can contribute to the reduction of poverty.
One of the highlights of the program was the lighting of the Unity Candle ceremony, which was led by DNPCW Adviser Mrs. Milagros Del Rosario. Women leaders and representatives were assisted by their 18-year old counterparts, who expressed their wishes and aspirations for the total well-being and development of the women class in the province.
Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario on his message recognized the women's capacity, role and contribution in nation-building.
He said efforts at alleviating women out from cruelty and injustices is far from over, as he rallied all sectors of society to end all forms of injustices committed against women, including slavery to domestic violence, joblessness and lack of economic opportunities.
Del Rosario asked especially the lady legislators to draft laws and programs that would widen access to capital, skills training and market, as these are key determinants to women empowerment and gender equality.
He raised the issue on the plight of the women who dominate the informal sector, asking that they be given the privileges being provided to those in the formal sector.
"While we salute these women who dominate the informal sector from market vendors to parlor beauticians, we nonetheless wish for them to be incorporated into formal labor sector and enjoy the protection of labor laws," he stressed.
He said access to increased income and job security for women ensures the welfare of every household since the first thing that they do is increase the nutritional intake of the household members then ensure the health and education of the children.
The double celebration started with a Holy Eucharistic Mass celebrated by Fr. Ariel Garcia, which was offered by the women sector for the immediate recovery of Provincial Sports Coordinator Anthony Del Rosario, who is presently undergoing chemotherapy in Manila for his lymphoma. (CIO-PIA XI) [top]