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PIA Press Release
2010/03/10

Search, rescue volunteer team should have women contingents, says OCD 6 director

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (PIA6)---Women can be equal with men in determination and skills in traditionally male-dominated field of search and rescue operations.

This was the gist of the message of Director Rosario Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Region 6 when interviewed by the Philippine Information Agency in connection with the annual observance of Women’s Month.

Director Cabrera said that they urged Disaster Coordinating Councils in the region to involve women in several undertakings concerning rescue and disaster management program.

"We have lots of women who are graduates of medicine, nursing courses and several other professionals whose skills and backgrounds may be useful in the search and rescue operations and in disaster risk management program," Cabrera said.

"Women’s educational background and skills are some of the qualifications we consider in the selection of those who will compose the search and rescue volunteer team," the OCD Director further said as she stressed that the team is not only composed of men but women.

Meanwhile, in the course of the Women’s Month celebration, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronnie Puno enjoined local government units (LGUs) nationwide to celebrate Women’s Month and Day by conducting relevant activities in their respective localities that will highlight and recognize women’s competencies, role and contribution in nation-building.

The DILG press report disclosed that in a memorandum circular to all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and punong barangays, Puno urged local officials to support and participate in the month-long event by holding programs and activities relevant to this year’s theme celebration "Babae: Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan".

This year’s theme highlights women’s achievement in paving the way for women’s advancement and empowerment amidst major challenges. It celebrates the success of women’s commitment to pursue equality that resulted in the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women, a comprehensive women’s human rights law which serves as the national translation of the UN CEDAW and the International Bill of Rights for Women, the DILG press report disclosed.(PIA6) [top]

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