CAPITOL LAUNCHES 18-DAY CAMPAIGN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
WATCH. Launching of 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women
Governor Bong Lacson together with the Provincial Council for Women, and Provincial Committee Against Trafficking, Child Pornography and VAWC led the opening of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women in a program held at the Capitol Social Hall, today.
In his message, Gov. Lacson reiterated that under his watch, Negrense women will always have a fighting chance and shall be treated without prejudice.“Society can never be really progressive until the rights of women are rightfully accorded the import and value it deserves,” he said.
He also said that the Provincial Capitol will be lighted orange to signify that the entire province is one with the international movement to end VAW.Sen. Risa Hontiveros, chairman of the Senate Committee on Women, Children and Family Relations also gave an online inspirational message.The Provincial Capitol Committee on Decorum and Investigation chaired by Atty. Julie Ann Bedrio took their oaths of office before Gov. Lacson, as part of the program, while Dawn Marie Castro, member of PILIPINA National Council gave a briefing on the “Bantay Bastos” Campaign. Meanwhile, Gov. Lacson turned over P500,000 to the Negros Occidental Girls Scouts Council for their various programs and projects in the province.
Also present in the activity were Negros Occidental Board Members Juvy Pepello and Rita Gatuslao, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, Provincial Legal Officer, Alberto Nellas, Jr., Executive Assistant to the Governor and PIO Head, Charina Magallanes-Tan, Executive Assistant to the Governor and Provincial Gender and Development (GAD) Action Officer, Marie June Castro, Provincial Council for Women Chair, Andrea Lizares-Si, Fr. Chris Gonzales, Director of the Social Action Commission of the Diocese of Bacolod, and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Head, Merle Garcia, among others.
The activity is themed, “VAW-free Community Starts With Me”.