PCW spearheads Women's Month celebrations

March 9, 2012 12:43 pm 

MANILA, March 08 —About 300 persons, spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), on Thursday undertook seedling preparations to rehabilitate the Marikina Watershed, part of the country’s celebration of National Women’s Day that is duplicated in many parts of the world.

PCW collaborated with the provincial government of Rizal and the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). Seedling preparation activities were also undertaken at Barangay Calawis and Sitio Sapinit, Barangay San Juan in Antipolo City, Rizal.

This year’s theme is “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility.”

After the seedling preparation, a Forum on Gender and Climate Change and Women in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management followed.

It discussed the linkages between gender and climate change and the importance of involving women in planning and strategizing processes that will follow at Sitio Sapinit Covered Court, Barangay San Juan, Antipolo City, Rizal.

These areas are among the worst-hit when typhoons strike Southern Luzon.

“This year’s Women’s Month Celebration challenges the common image of women as victims in disaster and focuses on women’s management capacities and skills,” PCW Chairperson Remedios Rikken said.

She added that the celebration seeks to generate commitment from local government units (LGUs) to institutionalize measures which help build gender-responsive resilient communities that are responsible, accountable, and prepared for any disaster.(PNA)

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