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Friday, March 27, 2015

Rep. Leni Robredo keynotes women’s forum in Dipolog

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – A lady lawmaker from the third district of Camarines Sur flew all the way here to speak on women’s empowerment in a recently held provincial women’s forum at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Sports Center (ZNCSC) this city.

In her message,  Congresswoman Ma. Leonor “Leni” Gerona-Robredo emphasized the importance of women empowerment and economic independence especially at homes nowadays.

“When I was an active member of a non-government organization (NGO) dealing with the protection of rights of women against abuse, I found out that even if women were abused by their husbands or partners they would just go back because they didn’t have their own means of living,” Rep. Robredo, a lawyer, stressed.

Her NGO helped set up women’s desk and translate some laws relating to women’s rights into the dialect.

“We also trained women who can be paralegals and we often rescued those who were abused by their husbands and live-in partners,” she added.

The provincial women’s forum is part of this year’s women’s month celebration with the theme, “Juana, desisyon mo ay mahalaga sa kinabukasan ng bawat isa, ikaw na!”

Assistant Secretary Rolando Cusio of the Office of the Political Adviser together with Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy, Vice-Governor Senen O. Angeles, Board Member Luzviminda Torrino, Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, barangay officials, local media, various women’s organizations, students and teachers from public and private schools, and women employees from the provincial government and the city government of Dipolog attended the said forum, which was followed by a foot parade from the ZNSC to the boulevard for a short program and ceremonial ribbon cutting of the “Saulog” booths.

“Women play an important role in the society. I encouraged you to be aware of your rights and know your responsibilities in order to prevent any form of abuse,” Robredo’s short message after the parade.