LU Dads Honor Women During ITS 88th Session

By: Jiroh Joy D. Marbella |  By: PITO-LU |  Date: March 15, 2018

WOMEN IN ACTION. BM Annabelle S. De Guzman and BM Nancy Corazon M. Bacurnay deliver their privilege speech centered on the topic of woman empowerment and protection on March 8, 2018 at the Speaker Pro Tempore Francisco I. Ortega Legislative Building and Session Hall.

In celebration of the International Women's Day, Vice-Governor Aureo Augusto Q. Nisce, for a moment, yielded his chair as presiding officer to the two lady board members, SPM Maria Annabelle S. De Guzman and SPM Nancy Corazon M. Bacurnay as a gesture of giving honor to women during the SP’s 88th Regular Session on March 8, 2018 at the Speaker Pro Tempore Francisco I. Ortega Legislative Building and Session Hall. Both the women legislators delivered their respective privilege speeches centered on the topic of women empowerment and protection as well as the call to revisit the Gender and Development Code of the Province of La Union (SP Ord. 071-2015).

They urged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to seek out the help of the executive branch of the province in getting an update on the status of implementation of the said code problems encountered and/or provisions that need to be revised/amended as well as the impact to the lives of women in the province.

SPN Nancy Corazon Bacurnay, encouraged all Local Government Units, Government Organizations, Non Government Organizations and Civil Service Organizations to observe International Women’s  Month with a series of social service programs to promote the development of women in different sectors like livelihood assistance, health and wellness, participation environment protection, trainings on risk reduction management and seminars about women’s rights.

SPM De Guzman shared some statistics taken from  The Philippine Statistics Office where it revealed that although women are higher than men in terms of functional literacy rate at 92%-88%, they are still behind in terms of Labor Force Participation Rate at 46.2%-76.2% and the percentage of Occupied Elective Positions with women only at 21.5% while men are at 78.5% as of March 2018.

Based on the statistics from the Philippine National Police, violence against women dropped from 12, 304 reported cases in 2016, to 10, 262 reported cases in 2017, but still considered as high prevalence.

SPM De Guzman also quoted two popular empowered women in the person of Margaret Thatcher and Angelina Jolie-Pitt. To close her speech she left a quote for the board and audience to ponder on “We, women do not aspire that we should be higher than men or stronger than men or more empowered than men, we wanted a society where women are loved and respected and seen not as an object of desire but truly a co-equal,  partner of transformative change. It is our hope that, that society is the Province of La Union.”