Dads laud Baguio women lead­ers

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Jonathan Llanes

PO­LIT­I­CAL lead­ers in the coun­try’s Sum­mer Cap­i­tal lauded the im­por­tant role women play in our so­ci­ety dur­ing the ob­ser­vance of the 110th Women's Day.

"I be­lieve in you women, and in your ca­pac­ity to make a dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity, our na­tion and the world," said Baguio City Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mar­quez Go.

Baguio City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan also rec­og­nized women's con­tri­bu­tion to the var­i­ous ar­eas.

"I am not here if it were not for a woman! That alone tells us the im­por­tance of our gath­er­ing here to­day. The day for all of us, not only for women but for men to rec­og­nize the achieve­ments that women have been play­ing in our de­vel­op­ment in the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic arena. This is why we need to sus­tain their con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety,” said Do­mo­gan.

Do­mo­gan added this year’s theme "We Make Change Work For Women” serves as a venue to high­light women’s achieve­ments and dis­cuss con­tin­u­ing and emerg­ing women’s em­pow­er­ment and gen­der equal­ity is­sues and con­cerns, chal­lenges and com­mit­ments.

Re­tired Judge Delilah Muñoz pointed how women have taken the chal­lenge with big leaps from their tra­di­tional ways and old con­cepts of be­ing the so called weaker sex.

"To what women are

to­day, women are now pro­fes­sion­als, lead­ers, pub­lic of­fi­cials, women that are now heads and chiefs of of­fices. If we want to change for the bet­ter, the time is now even if the mean­ing of bet­ter is rel­e­vant. Change in at­ti­tude is the key to make change work," said the judge.

Muñoz at­trib­uted sim­plic­ity as the ul­ti­mate in­di­ca­tion by stay­ing with the ba­sic to re­spond to the chal­leng­ing world by be­ing the pos­i­tive change in so­ci­ety.

The re­tired judge re­it­er­ated how God cre­ated women by stat­ing "it is true in the bib­li­cal story that God cre­ated man first. But my dear women of God, don't be sad be­cause there is al­ways a rough draft be­fore the mas­ter­piece. All women are beau­ti­ful be­cause they are the mas­ter­piece."

Five out­stand­ing women lead­ers of Baguio were also hon­ored dur­ing the women’s day cel­e­bra­tion namely Phil­ian Louis Wey­gan-Alan for spir­i­tual and so­cio cul­tural lead­er­ship, Flora Bal­aba for high­light­ing the rights of se­nior cit­i­zens, El­iz­a­beth Ma­man­glo for up­lift­ing women and fam­ily through co­op­er­a­tivism, Jo­ce­lyn Mar­i­ano for co­op­er­a­tivism, and So­nia Gon­za­les Mina for or­ga­ni­za­tional man­age­ment.

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