Ilocos Norte women's month geared at empowerment thru awareness, information, healthcare services


Mar. 13, 2018 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) together with the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS) continue their drive for women's welfare through Women's Fora this March 14-16 and 20-22, in celebration of International Women's Month.

These follow the annual Buntis Congress and "Kinni-Kinni" Women's Month Parade last March 8, which garnered an estimated total of 2,000 participants. Pregnant women from around Ilocos Norte were provided free urinalyses, blood typing, and medical consultations as well as lectures on prenatal care during disaster and nutrition in emergencies.

Meanwhile, participants of the parade came from various local government units (LGUs) including municipal and city governments, the Department of Education (DepEd), the Ilocos Norte Electrical Cooperative (INEC), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and offices of the Provincial Government.

Candidates and past winners of the upcoming Ilokoslovakla Pageant and Ilocano LGBTQ community also showed their support in the parade.

Exemplary slogans, kinni-kinni ("kembot-kembot"), the best headdresses, and a "Buntis Queen" were awarded afterwards, the latter receiving free checks-up, ultrasound, and delivery services. Runners-up also received the first two.

The Women's Fora shall be conducted in six provincial clusters:

Cluster 1, which includes the towns of Burgos, Pagudpud, Adams, and Dumalneg, will be gathered at Bangui on March 14. The forum for Cluster 2, composed of Laoag City, Bacarra, Pasuquin, and Vintar, will take place in Bacarra on March 15.

The Third Cluster will meet at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium on March 16, gathering women from the towns of Piddig, Carasi, and Sarrat; meanwhile, the Fourth Cluster's forum will be held the following day in Solsona, involving also the towns of Nueva Era, Banna, Dingras, and Marcos.

The last two clusters will have their fora in Currimao and March 21 and in Batac City on March 22, respectively: Cluster Five includes the towns of Currimao, Badoc, and Pinili, while Cluster Six includes Batac City, San Nicolas, and Paoay.

Local women leaders will serve as lecturers. Mrs. Noemi A. Ruadap, officer in charge of the Laoag City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) will talk about Ecological Waste Management, while Sangguniang PanlungsodMember Mrs. Portia R. Salenda will speak for Economic Empowerment for Women.

Atty. Roxanne Castro, legal officer of the Provincial Government, will lecture on Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (Anti-VAWC), while Population Program Officer Mrs. Janet Lucia A. London will inform participants of the Services of the PGIN for Women.

According to London, VAWC cases in Ilocos Norte, which are handled by Atty. Ameurfina A. Respicio, consultant on women, have dropped but efforts must still continue to eliminate patriarchal mindsets that allow these to happen as well as to educate victims on existing programs that can help them find safety and support.

Women's welfare and economic equality among marginalized sectors in Ilocos Norte have also been a strong point of governance for Governor Imee R. Marcos, particularly through the Lakasa Loan, a capital assistance program that encourages women to become entrepreneurs and thus provide more for their families.