DSWD calls for continued change for and with women
THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera Administrative Region reiterates the importance of making changes for and with women in line with the celebration of Women’s Month this March.
“We Make Change Work for Women is this year’s theme. This has also been the theme in our 2017 celebration. This only shows our sustained commitment for women-friendly changes”, OIC regional director Janet Armas shared.
Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) explains that the theme has its elements and its meaning. In the theme, “We” stands for women empowerment, while the verse “make change work” stands for Magna Carta of Women which with strict implementation and observance can help push for women welfare and empowerment. The word “change” also means Compassionate and Harmonized Actions and Networks for Gender Equality.
“The same theme is being carried out this year until 2022 to highlight the Government’s pursuit for development anchored on malasakit at pagbabago or true compassion and real change as the theme highlights women as contributors and claimholders of development,” Armas added.
Consistent with Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, the annual conduct of the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society.
Meanwhile, DSWDCAR has accounted around 188,082 women as poor based on the 2016 Listahanan assessment. Of these, 22,657 are from Mountain Province, 32,050 from Benguet Province, 4,052 from Baguio City, 38,123 are from Kalinga Province, 31,578 from Ifugao Province, 35,311 are from Abra Province and 24,311 from Apayao Province.
With this, DSWDCAR continues the implementation of various programs and services that are seen to help improve their condition. Services pro- vided include capacity-formation on the benefits and privileges of solo parents and their children. The said law is included as a priority legislative measure under the DSWD Legislative Agenda for the 17th Congress. Amendments of RA 8972 has been proposed through House Bill No. (HBN) 3398, HBN 388, HBN 878, HBN 972, and HBN 1520 which are all pushing for additional grants and benefits for solo parents. While HBN 3034 or an Act Declaring March 21 of Every Year as the National Solo Parents’ Day has been filed by Representative Alfred Vargas.
Armas said DSWD
will continue its efforts not just in the provision of programs and services but also in assuring that the needs of the marginalized sector, including women, will be provided for.
This can be done through our strong partnership with na- tional government agencies, civil society organizations, peoples’ organizations, and with the local government units who are the primary service provider of the marginalized sector,” Armas said.
The DSWD official added the agency has various programs and services that can help the Cordillera women.
“Our partners can also assist them. What they need to do is coordinate or report to their respective local government units through their barangay officials or through the local social welfare and development office. They can also report to the nearest police station in their area for cases involving abuse and violence,” Armas added. DSWD – CAR release
WOMEN’S RIGHTS. Members of the multi - sectoral group march down Session Road to raise several issues to the government during the International Women’s Day celebration on Thursday.