BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer have reiterated their full support the call for an end to violence perpetrated against women in Negros Occidental.
“As we seek to foster consciousness against this violation of the fundamental right of women to live a life free from violence, bear in mind that awareness-raising is a process; and that we need to remain patient, and at the same time, relentless in our cause for us to succeed,” Lacson stressed during the opening of 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women on November 25, at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City.
The 18-day campaign to end violence against women started on Thursday with the entrance parade and display of slogan posters, followed by the program held at the Capitol Social Hall, where participants expressed their messages of support and signed the pledge of commitment, in support to the cause for women, Executive Assistant to the Governor Marie June Castro, one of the organizers, said.
The activity was attended by women supporters and stakeholders from the different local government units, members of the Provincial Council for Women, including Board Members Rita Gatuslao and Jose Benito Alonso, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, Executive Assistant to the Governor Charina Magallanes – Tan, and Capitol office heads and employees, who all wore orange shirt, aside from Castro.
The Safe Space Ordinance was also signed during the program.
Orange ribbons were also tied at the Capitol Lagoon fences, front of the Capitol Building, as part of the activity.
“Filipino women are among the best workers and leaders in the world – disciplined, skilled, and intelligent, making them an indispensable force in the workplace and in whatever industry they are in,” Lacson said.*