ALABEL, Sarangani (March 7, 2023) – Capitol employees and officials kicked off on Monday, March 6, the celebration of the women’s month with the popping of purple balloons and pinning of purple ribbons.
The launching activity was incorporated during the flag raising ceremony at the provincial gymnasium.
In his message, Governor Rogelio D. Pacquiao posed a challenge among men to be “effective partners in creating a safer, more inclusive, and empowering society for all women."
The celebration, he said, signified the provincial government’s “commitment to continue moving towards a more egalitarian world.”
This year’s theme, “WE Make Change Work for Women,” according to the governor is “a powerful reminder for us to ensure an inclusive growth that benefits those which have historically been marginalized including women.”
Governor Pacquiao dedicated the celebration to the “hardworking women” in the Capitol whose devotion to public service “is simply unparalleled.”
He also recognized his wife, Jobelle, who serves as the province’s tourism council president, as well as the women board members, women department heads, and the rest of the women Capitol employees who contributed immensely “toward a resilient, dynamic, and progressive Sarangani.”
The provincial government, he said, has taken “significant strides to ensure that women are included in positions of power and decision-making.”
He pointed out that his administration “continue to cultivate an environment that actively encourages and supports women to reach their full potential and to become leaders in their communities.”
On this premise, the governor reported that the Revised Gender and Development Code, which localizes the Magna Carta of Women, was passed while the Provincial Women Council has become “a crucial avenue where women can discuss and decide on issues that primarily impact their lives.”
Also, he said, disadvantaged womenfolk in the province were provided with livelihood assistance and underwent various skills and vocational trainings of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority which enabled them to “participate in the economy with autonomy and dignity.”
As compliance to the Magna Carta for Women, the provincial government has been conducting Gender Sensitivity Training as well parallel trainings on Anti-Sexual Harassment Law, the new Safe Spaces Act, and other protection laws.
“Sa Kapitolyo at sa buong Sarangani,” Governor Pacquiao said, "pantay ang kalalakihan at kababaihan,” as he emphasized “zero tolerance for abuse and sexism, be it in the workplace, offices, schools, homes, or everywhere else.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/ SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE