Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale pledged support for San Fernando women’s organizations livelihood undertakings.
Magpale recently inducted into office the presidents and officers of the 21 women’s organizations of the town, the biggest group so far of active women’s organizations in the entire Cebu Province.
She said the Province will provide them with livelihood trainings by batch with 100 selected members per batch.
This includes securing of the trainers, purchasing of the training materials, and providing food for the trainees.
The local government of San Fernando led by Mayor Lakambini “Nennette” Reluya pledged to provide the venue.
Magpale also plans to put up more “Bugasan sa Kababayen-an” centers in San Fernando as there are only 10 barangays so far with ‘Bugasan’ centers.
She also thanked the women of San Fernando for electing a lady mayor that can help in looking after women’s welfare in town.
San Fernando’s endeavor reminded her of how Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) was born.
PWC came from the Vice Governor’s dealings with abused and battered women who came to her for help.
Magpale was then a provincial board member with an all-male colleague whose suggestion at that time was just to incorporate women’s sector into the committee for the elderly and differently abled.
Her efforts led to the creation of the committee for women, children and family and eventually the Provincial Women’s Commission during the time of then Governor Pablo Garcia.
“I wasn’t contented with pro-women resolutions. I wanted pro-women and pro-children ordinances as well as similar pieces of legislations that protect women and children,” said Magpale.
“I wanted a body independent from the Provincial Board so immediate action can be taken,” she added. (Fides Palicte)