Women celebrated in CSFP

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO  – The “vital role of Filipinas in nation-building” takes centerstage here anew with the celebration of the International Women’s Month.

    With the theme “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan,” this year’s celebration impacts on women’s rights, health, and contribution to the development of the city. This according to Dr. Leticia Yap, executive committee chair of the celebrations.

    Yap said that even before the official start of the celebration yesterday – with zumba dancing at the city hall – cluster fora on women’s concerns had been undertaken in designated barangays.

    The fora are aimed at raising awareness among women about their health and  their rights, especially those in the marginalized sectors. Two of these are on cervical cancer awareness and breast cancer and self-breast examinations. 

    Included in the activities for the month-long celebration are actual medical services for women like papsmear and acetic acid wash which will be undertaken simultaneously in the city’s rural health units.

    A first-aid training for women to enable them to cope with emergencies will also be conducted. 

    Capping the celebration is a “Buntis Summit” to be held at the Sindalan Birthing Station for pregnant women.

    “This is to provide the expectant mothers with information on pre- and post-natal care as well as during delivery,” said Dr. Eloisa Aquino, city health officer. “We aim for a zero mortality rate during deliveries.”

    Outstanding women who have made their mark in various fields and helped the local community will be recognized in the “Pagpupugay sa mga Kababaihan Namumuno sa Pagtahal sa Tuwid na Daan” slated on March 20 at the Heroes Hall.

    Young women achievers – girls 15-19 years old – will also be recognized in the Search for Young Women Leaders Forum.

    A torch parade and the oath-taking of barangay women leaders is also scheduled.

    Yap takes pride in Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez for making the city where women are given not only one but two celebrations every year.

    “In September there is Women’s Week in honor of the revolutionary heroine Nicolasa Dayrit, where we also have lots of activities to advance the welfare of the Fernandinas,” Yap said.

    For his part, Rodriguez said: “We honor the immeasurable contribution of women to nation building thus we advocate and pursue their empowerment by giving them a voice and a share in decision-making in our city.”

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