San Si­mon town cel­e­brates Women’s Month

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAN SI­MON - In its con­stant bid to pro­mote women em­pow­er­ment in the com­mu­nity, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment here yes­ter­day held a Women’s Sum­mit to mark its cel­e­bra­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Month.

Hun­dreds of Si­mo­nian women joined the parade dubbed “Martsa para kay Juana” which kicked-off at the Barangay Sto. Niño El­e­men­tary School go­ing to the Mu­nic­i­pal Hall to show­case unity among women.

Mu­nic­i­pal So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice Head Ar­minda Abenoja, in her speech, urged women to know and un­der­stand their rights to be able to fight for them and never al­low op­pres­sion and discrimination get to them.

“Do not let your­self be a vic­tim of op­pres­sion, discrimination and vi­o­lence. We have laws and lo­cal or­di­nances which were crafted to pro­tect and em­power you so do not be afraid to use them for your ben­e­fit,” Abenoja urged.


the Kam­bi­lan party led by out­go­ing Mayor and vice­may­oralty bet Leonor Wong and come­back­ing Mayor Rodrigo “Di­gos” Can­las opted to grace the event in­stead of hold­ing their open­ing salvo for the first day of the campaign pe­riod.

Wong, be­ing the mayor who ini­ti­ated the an­nual Women’s Month cel­e­bra­tion in this town, said that she can­not af­ford to miss the ac­tiv­ity that cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tions of Si­mo­nian women to nation-build­ing.

“We can­not deny the con­tri­bu­tion of women

“Can­di­dates must join pub­lic de­bates to help vot­ers make the right choices, es­pe­cially those ini­ti­ated by non-par­ti­san sec­tors, es­pe­cially the academe. Un­less a matter of life-and­death, per­sonal reasons (not to ap­pear) must bow down to pub­lic in­ter­est,” Cau­guiran said.

Cau­guiran cited the non-ap­pear­ance of ViceMayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno and his run­ning mate, Edu Pam­intuan, dur­ing the may­oralty de­bate sponsored by the An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion on March 22.

Only Cau­guiran and his party’s vice-may­oralty bet Mari­cel “Marang” Morales, a former three-term city coun­cilor, and Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin and run­ning mate Vicky Vega-Cabigt­ing joined that de­bate.

An­other pub­lic de­bate ini­ti­ated by the Holy An­gel Univer­sity (HAU) Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Pub­lic Service (CJOPS) sched­uled on March 26 had to be can­celled be­cause both Ne­po­mu­ceno and Lazatin re­fused to at­tend.

Last March 5, the Ro­tary An­ge­les Ku­liat held a pub­lic de­bate for may­oralty as­pi­rants can­di­dates where all can­di­dates par­tic­i­pated. Most re­ac­tions from vet­eran politi­cians and an­a­lysts who watched the de­bate live and from on­line feeds, along with so­cial me­dia en­gage­ments, point to Cau­guiran’s com­pe­tence and ex­per­tise in a pub­lic dis­course.

Chris Navarro

GIRL POWER. San Si­mon re­turn­ing Mayor Rodrigo “Di­gos” Can­las and run­ning­mate out­go­ing mayor and vice-may­orable Leonora Ca­pule-Wong join hun­dreds of Si­mo­nian women dur­ing yes­ter­day's 2019 Women's Sum­mit at the mu­nic­i­pal cov­ered court.--

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