March 8th, 2010
by: Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (March 7) – It’s Women’s Month again and as Biliran province joins with the rest of the provinces in the country in celebrating the occasion this March, the women in Biliran are looking forward to their participation in the Provincial Women’s Congress come March 17-19 to be held at the provincial capitol grounds in Brgy. Calumpang, Naval, Biliran
The congress which is an annual gathering of women in Biliran highlights the celebration of Women’s Month.
The activity is spearheaded by the Provincial Council for Women’s Welfare, Incorporated (PCWWI) led by Dr. Cecil Espina, first lady of the province and the president of PCWWI and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with the provincial government of Biliran through Gov. Rogelio J. Espina.
In a meeting with the members and officers of PCWWI held recently at the provincial capitol, Dr. Espina informed that some 2,000 participants representating the different women organizations in the municipalities and barangays of Biliran province are expected to join in the Provincial Women’s Congress.
She said that various activities are lined-up by PCWWI to enable women participants enjoy the three-day congress and at the same time gain some inputs that strengthens their duties and responsibilities as mothers and homemakers as majority of the participants are mothers.
For participants who are still single, their attendance to the activity will provide them inputs and experiences that contribute to raising a family full of love and harmony someday.
Part of the activities during the three-day provincial women’s congress, is the conduct of a series of lectures to the participants which include topics on responsible parenting; early child care and development; protection of women and children against abuse, exploitation and discrimination; anti-violence against women and their children and other relevant topics.
Lectures on good grooming and healthy lifestyles will form part of the activities during the provincial women’s congress.
The participants will likewise be given skills training on manicure, pedicure, haircut and hair styling; cooking and other skills on food preparation and other livelihood skills so that when they go back to their respective places of residence they will apply what they have learned during the congress and in a way help increase the family income.
Congress participants from the municipalities will develop a slogan which is centered on the theme of the Women’s Month celebration as entry to the slogan contest. Criteria for judging include organization of the message which is 30%; content of the message – 30%; stage appearance – 20% and over-all presentation – 20%.
On the last day of the provincial women’s congress which is on March 19, the participants will join in an early morning parade from the bus terminal of Naval, the capital town of the province going to the provincial capitol grounds.
The women-participants from the eight municipalities of the province will compete during the parade and will be judged as to who will be the most disciplined group, the most colorful group, most jolly group, the group with the most number of participants and other criteria that may be set by the committee on parade
Winners of the contests will receive prizes and certificates of appreciation
from PCWWI and the provincial government.
The eight municipalties and 132 barangays of Biliran that will be represented by women-participants during the provincial women’s congress are Almeria, Biliran, Cabucgayan, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan, Maripipi and Naval.
This year’s celebration of the Women’s Month carries the theme “Babae, Tagumpay Ka Ng Bayan”.
Meanwhile, a motorcade around the main thoroughfares of poblacion Naval will be conducted on Monday, March 8 as a kick-off activity to launch the observance of March as Women’s Month and to drumbeat the celebration.
The activity will be led by the Provincial Council for Women’s Welfare, Incorporated (PCWWI) through Dr. Cecil Espina, the council president.
The motorcade which will start at the provincial capitol compound and will also end in the same venue will be participated in by women-officials and employees of the national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and officers and members of the different women and private organizations in the province. (PIA-Biliran)
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