Cre­ate women em­pow­er­ment pro­gram on Girl Child Week, barangays urged

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY MER­LINDA A. PE­DROSA

THE 61 barangays in Ba­colod City were urged to craft women em­pow­er­ment pro­grams dur­ing the Girl Child Week cel­e­bra­tion on March 22 to 28.

The Ba­colod City Coun­cil ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion en­cour­ag­ing the City Pop­u­la­tion Of­fice along with the De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and De­vel­op­ment (DSSD) and the City Health Of­fice (CHO) to con­sti­tute com­pre­hen­sive ori­en­ta­tion pro­gram rel­a­tive to the rights of ev­ery girl against teenage preg­nancy, hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus -ac­quired im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency

syn­drome (HIV-AIDS) and any un­healthy prac­tices that put ev­ery girl in dis­ad­van­ta­geous sit­u­a­tion.

It is also an ef­fec­tive mit­i­gat­ing mea­sure against pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion.

The res­o­lu­tion, which was ap­proved dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion on Wed­nes­day, was au­thored by Coun­cilor Sonya Verde­flor.

Verde­flor said ev­ery girl child who is be­low 18 years of old should be pro­vided with equal op­por­tu­ni­ties and ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion to pre­pare her for her role in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

“There is con­sid­er­able cause for con­cern in the in­creas­ing num­ber of girls sub­jected to eco­nomic ex­ploita­tion, pros­ti­tu­tion, sex­ual as­sault, and abuse, if not given enough and com­pre­hen­sive ori­en­ta­tion,” she added

Verde­flor noted that pur­suant to Procla­ma­tion No. 759 is­sued on March 6, 1996, ev­ery fourth week of March is de­clared as the Pro­tec­tion and Gen­der-fair Treat­ment of the Girl Child Week.

Verde­flor dis­closed that is­sues con­fronting girls like teenage preg­nancy and HIV/ Aids should be specif­i­cally ad­dressed and re­solved.*

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