LGUs to highlight
women’s role in disaster risk reduction and management during Women’s
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY – The
key role of women in disaster risk reduction and management shall be
among the highlights of the activities that will be conducted by local
governments nationwide as they celebrate Women’s Month this March,
according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.
“It is high time that
we accentuate women’s involvement in disaster preparedness, risk
reduction, recovery and rehabilitation,” said Robredo, adding that
"they (women) too play an equally important role in these efforts."
The theme for this
year’s celebration, “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and
Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility,” underscores the role of
women as powerful agents of change in disaster risk reduction.
In his directive to
provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and punong barangays,
the DILG Secretary also urged them to undertake activities that will
help contribute to the building of gender-responsive, resilient and
accountable communities that are prepared for any disaster that may
come their way.
include the following: kick-off parade and tree-planting activity;
local school board policy formulation prescribing each student to
plant and nurture a tree; community information caravan on the Magna
Carta of Women, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction;
convocation on the role of women in disaster preparedness, risk
reduction, recovery, rehabilitation and climate change adaptation; and
recognition of women or women organizations or associations and their
significant contributions during disasters and typhoons.
Director Pedro A. Noval who was invited to open the conference of the
regional federation of women legislators in
City, stressed on the need for government to provide the equalizing
environment through good governance and accountability so that women
and their children would be less vulnerable to calamitous situations.
“Money lost to
corruption is money that could have been well-spent, through needed
infrastructure or social welfare projects including those benefitting
women and their children”, said Dir. Noval. He revealed that his
office would be redoubling its efforts to promote transparency in all
Secretary Robredo said
local governments should ensure that local disaster risk reduction and
climate change adaptation strategies and plans are gender-responsive.
He also encouraged
them to focus their activities on sustaining the national and local
advocacy on the implementation of RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women
and the Millennium Development Goals focusing on MDG7 which is
ensuring environmental sustainability.
For greater community
awareness and participation, LGUs may display streamers in public
places and post their program of activities in conspicuous places,
their websites, local newspapers and broadcast in radio stations.
celebration of Women’s Month is provided for under Presidential
Proclamation Nos. 224 and 227 which declared March of every year as
Women’s Month, and the first week of March as Women’s Week and March 8
as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day, respectively. Likewise,
Republic Act 6949 has declared March 8 as National Women’s Day and the
whole month of March as Women’s Role in History Month.