- Revised GAD Code of Ormoc City passed into law
March is National Women’s Month in the Philippines. This year’s International Women’s Day focused on the theme: “WE Make Change Work for Women”. In line with this, Ormoc City joined the whole world in celebrating the International Women’s Day (IWD) on Wednesday, March 8.
With the strong support of the city’s local government unit, the event converged hundreds of women at the Superdome, coming from both private and public sector and from various women’s organizations to celebrate their rights and empowerment.
One of the highlights of the congress was the ceremonial signing of the revised Gender and Development (GAD) Code of the city by Mayor Richard Gomez, which was passed and approved by the 14th Sangguniang Panlungsod in January. Originally authored by SP member Leah Doris Villar in 2013, the city council revisited the ordinance and added more provisions to further strengthen women empowerment in the city, just in time for the national women’s month. The revised GAD code was authored by SP member Nolito Quilang, co-sponsored by SP member Vincent Rama, chairman of the Committee on Social Welfare.
SP member Quilang who presented the milestones of the city government in terms of gender and development mentioned some salient points of the revised GAD Code. He said that the revised ordinance includes provisions on the establishment of a city council for women, and a technical working group that would be responsible in making sure that the allocated 5% of the city government’s budget is utilized for GAD programs and projects within the city.
The ordinance also mandates agencies and stakeholders to increase participation among men in the advocacy on anti-violence against women. Moreover, he pointed out some provisions in the revised code that would give priority programs such as scholarship grants, and livelihood trainings for young and solo parents, rural women, domestic helpers, and to the abused women in the society.
Mayor Richard Gomez, SP member Quilang, and the rest of the city council also assured the audience that the city government would continue to work for other legislations for women empowerment—those that would eliminate discriminatory practices and cultural barriers and promote equality in both genders.
Simultaneously conducted during the program was a special voter’s registration by Comelec, and some recreational services like manicure, pedicure, and haircut for the women.
– Joseph Pilapil, City Media Relations Office