Bacolod City employees urged to wear purple on Fridays
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday attended a National Women’s Month observance at the Silay City Public Plaza, which was organized by the city’s Gender and Development Focal Point System and attended by various women’s organizations.
National Women’s Month is celebrated throughout March.
“We are a community whose women are active contributors and claimholders of development. and we acknowledge that women have been instrumental in our continued delivery of public service,” the governor said.
Earlier this month, Lacson declared, “Women in Negros are empowered.”
“Women have come a long way; from being very timid and [living up to the] stereotype of only [being] good for the home,” he added. “The contribution [by] women in society is now very valuable for any province.”
Also in attendance were Silay City Mayor Mark Golez; Vice Mayor Thomas Maynard Ledesma; Silay City Councilor Ryan Gamboa, who sits on the Negros Occidental Provincial Board as Negros Occidental Philippine Councilors League president; Provincial Council for Women chair, Atty. Andrea Si; among others.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) recently passed a resolution calling on city employees to wear purple every Friday in observance of National Women’s Month. According to City Councilor City Rojas, the act promotes awareness on the rights and social roles of women in the community.
“There is a need to reinforce the empowerment of Bacolodnon women in the city in order to promote productivity,” the city official added.
The observance was formally launched yesterday in the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center with Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon serving as the guest speaker.
In her address, she said the Commission on Audit must ensure their P150 million fund was used for gender and development programs.
“The allocation should be utilized purposely for seminars and livelihood,” she added./DGB, WDJ