Ne­gocc’s 10 most gen­der-re­spon­sive LGUS feted

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TEN LO­CAL govern­ment units (LGUS) in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, con­sid­ered as the most gen­der­re­spon­sive, were rec­og­nized by the Provin­cial Coun­cil for Women (PCW) dur­ing its midyear assem­bly held at Na­ture’s Vil­lage Re­sort in Tal­isay City on Thurs­day.

The awardees in the City Cat­e­gory in­cluded the cities of Bago, Sa­gay, San Car­los, Es­calante, and Hi­ma­may­lan.

In the Mu­nic­i­pal Cat­e­gory, Hi­nobaan led the pack with Pon­teve­dra, Ilog, Don Sal­vador Bene­dicto, and Bi­nal­ba­gan.

Gover­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son and PCW chair­per­son An­drea Lizares-si led the award­ing of the plaques to the re­cip­i­ent-lgus.

In his mes­sage, Lac­son as­sured the coun­cil of the provin­cial govern­ment’s sup­port for ini­tia­tives aimed to em­power Ne­grense women.

To be truly pro­gres­sive, mod­ern so­ci­ety has to ac­knowl­edge with­out prej­u­dice the vi­tal role of women in na­tion-build­ing, he added.

“The tenac­ity of Filipino women can­not be ig­nored. Filipino women are among the best work­ers in the world — dis­ci­plined, skilled and in­tel­li­gent, mak­ing them an in­dis­pens­able force in the work­place and in what­ever in­dus­try they are in,” the gover­nor added.

Lizares-si said the awardees were among the LGUS that par­tic­i­pated in the “GERL Ka Ba?” self-as­sess­ment con­ducted ear­lier this year and have been ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in PCW ac­tiv­i­ties in the past three years.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal LGUS had an over­all “GERL” rat­ing of more than 3 to more than 4, or al­most 5.

A three rat­ing means they had ad­e­quate man­i­fes­ta­tion of gen­der-re­spon­sive­ness, a four rat­ing means an LGU man­i­fests a sys­tem­atic ap­proach and is mov­ing to­wards ad­vance stages of be­ing gen­der-re­spon­sive, and a five rat­ing means the LGU has in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach in mak­ing it gen­der-re­spon­sive.

Marie June Pav­il­lar­cas­tro, PCW ad­viser and provin­cial gen­der and de­vel­op­ment (GAD) data­base con­sul­tant, co­or­di­nated the “GERL” self-as­sess­ment with fo­cal per­sons and lo­cal govern­ment op­er­a­tion of­fi­cers of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment.

Other LGUS rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tion to the ad­vance­ment of gen­der equal­ity and women em­pow­er­ment were the cities of Si­palay, Tal­isay, Cadiz, Si­lay, Ka­bankalan, Vic­to­rias, and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Manapla, Is­abela, Moises Padilla, Val­ladolid, Cauayan, E.B. Ma­ga­lona, and Cala­trava.

The recog­ni­tion of the LGUS was part of the 25th year an­niver­sary of Provin­cial Or­di­nance No. 54, se­ries of 1994, which es­tab­lished the PCW./PNA

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PIO NE­GROS OC­CI­DEN­TAL

AWARDEE. Pon­teve­dra Mayor Jose Maria Alonso (cen­ter) re­ceives the award for his town as one of the five most gen­der-re­spon­sive LGUS in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal from Gover­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son (2nd from left) and Provin­cial Coun­cil for Women (PCW) chair An­drea Lizares-si (2nd from right), dur­ing the PCW’S midyear assem­bly held at Na­ture’s Vil­lage Re­sort in Tal­isay City Thurs­day (Sept. 12, 2019). To be truly pro­gres­sive, mod­ern so­ci­ety has to ac­knowl­edge with­out prej­u­dice the vi­tal role of women in na­tion-build­ing, Lac­son said.

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