By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer will lead the presentation of the Provincial Council for Women’s (PCW) Gender-Responsive LGU awards to the City of Bago and the Municipality of Hinoba-an today, Sept 12 at Natures Village in Talisay City.
The top two provincial leaders will be assisted by PCW Chair Atty. Andrea Lizares-Si and Board Member Rita Gatuslao, chair of the SP Committee on Women and Gender Relations, in giving awards to cities and municipalities which participated in the “GeRL Ka Ba?” self-assessment early this year and have been actively participating in PCW activities for the past three years.
Si said the giving of the PCW awards is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Provincial Ordinance No. 54 series of 1994, which established the PCW.
The other cities in the top five are Sagay, San Carlos, Escalante and Himamaylan, while Pontevedra, Ilog, Don Salvador Benedicto and Binalbagan are also among the top five municipalities.
The other cities to be awarded for their contribution to the advancement of gender equality and women empowerment are Sipalay, Talisay, Cadiz, Silay, Kabankalan and Victorias.
Municipalities to be recognized include Manapla, Isabela, Moises Padilla, Valladolid, Cauayan, E.B. Magalona and Calatrava.
Incumbent mayors of the LGUs which participated in the GeRL Ka Ba Self-Assessment, and former mayors of top 5 cities and municipalities were invited to the awarding.
Meanwhile, the PCW mid-year forum will include sharings and presentations on topics such as “Huwag ma Investment Scam” with Atty. Annabelle Corral-Respall, OIC of the Securities and Exchange Office in Bacolod, “Women and Financial Literacy” with Honey Grace Patindol-Catalan of Manulife, and “The Provincial GAD Budget Processes and Accomplishments” with Provincial GAD Focal Point Team Secretariat April Glo-Garcia Naria.
Invited GAD Budget proponents to share their accomplishments are the heads of the Negros Occidental Language, Information and Technology Center, Provincial Scholarship Office, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, and the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program.