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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Our mother is the light of our home, says Dumalinao mayor

By Gideon C. Corgue

DUMALINAO, Zamboanga del Sur – Mayor Ace William Cerilles has joined the nation in recognizing the women’s contribution to the society.

In his message during the National Women’s Month Celebration at Dumalinao Sports Complex on Friday, Cerilles said his administration recognizes the Filipino women who have become the catalysts for change displayed exceptional courage, strength, care and love for their families, adding “ our respect for women is embedded in our culture.”

Our mothers are women who nurtured us and gave us their absolute love and support throughout our lives,” Cerilles said

“Ang atong inahan sila ang iwag sa atong panimalay. Sila ang naghatag kanato ug inspirasyon aron nga kita ang mahimo nga maayong tawo,” Cerilles proudly said.

(Our mother is the light of our home. They are the persons who inspired us to become good citizens.)

“Traditionally women were not equal with men in law and that men were the heads of the households as well as in politics,” stressed Mayor Cerilles.

Cerilles said with the advent of Republic Act No. 9710 otherwise known as the “Magna Carta of Women,” they are now empowered, as the law is giving themequal opportunities with men includingaccess  to resources.

“Tungod sa maong mahinungdanong balaod aduna kita’y ubay-ubay nga mga babaye nga nagpakita sa ilang kusog ug liderato.  Gani ang uban kanila napili pagka-Presidente sa nasud, Senador, Kongresista ug uban pa,”Cerilles opined.

(Because of this landmark legislation, we now have many women leaders. In fact, some of them were elected as President of the country, senators, congresswomen, and others).

The mayor’s mother, Aurora, was then elected provincial governor and now the representative of the province’s second district.

Cerilles said the Philippines is now looking at more opportunities for gender equality and empowerment and for broadening advocacy for the promotion and protection of women’s rights.

He then ended his message by quoting British Prime Minister Madeleine Albright’s who said: "Women’s empowerment is gaining ground because so many brave women have been unwilling to accept anything less."