DSWD calls for con­tin­ued change for and with women

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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

Photo by Milo Brioso

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.

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