CSWDO Celebrates National Women’s Month with Female Inmates

Women listen actively to the religious preach given by Mr. Narilzon Navarro, one of the CSWDO Staff. (Photo taken by Marichu Shultz)

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) celebrated Women’s Month with female inmates of Valencia City Jail at Barangay Pinatilan on March 9, 2017.

The office visited the place to conduct a short spiritual encouragement to 66 female inmates.

Ms. Vicky Lyn A. Duron, Acting City Social Welfare and Development Officer, said that the activity aims to help all women regardless of their circumstances.

“The visit serves as an opportunity for us to render service and boost the morale of our female inmates; letting them know that we were not there to judge them but because we understand,” Duron said.

Duron added that while it is true that such women committed offenses against the state and/or individuals, it is still their prerogative to look upon the welfare of women and of the disadvantage as mandated by law.

“Our Constitution recognizes the role of women in nation building. All women are recognized as partners of development; the visible change that we see today for women are proof that they really are equally important as men,” Duron said.

During the activity, Mr. Narilzon Navarro, CSWDO Staff, gave an inspirational talk to help uplift and empower the inmates.

“Kung nakasala man mosabalaod, dilibuotpasabotngawalanakamopag-asasakinabuhi. Dili pa ulahingamagbag-o, ayawlangogkalimotngaangGinookanunaygahigugmakaninyo,” Navarro said.

Further, CSWDO also provided sleeping mats and blankets to female inmates. Late last year, the office was also able to extend personal hygiene kits.

“We may not be able to address all their needs but the littlest that we could share creates an enormous impact upon them. Sometimes it is not the material things that the rest of our brethren need, but the genuine care and compassion that the able could contribute,” Duron said.

A response was also given by one of the inmates in the person of Joy (not her true name). “Nalipayjud mi tungod kay gitagaan mi ogpagtagad. Daghan kayo mo (referring to CSWDO) ognatabangandililangsaingonnga material ngabutangapansapaghatagusabogimportansyakanamo,” she said.

Meanwhile, consistent with Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, the annual National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) every March aims to give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in the society.

This year’s theme “We Make Change Work for Women,” is an offshoot during the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo RoaDuterte’s directive to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women in order to ensure that men and women will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments.

The City Government of Valencia through the leadership of Mayor Azucena P. Huervas, has been supporting the directive of the President by recognizing the roles of women in the city and by giving support to all women sectors by providing livelihood programs that could help alleviate poverty.

(Merlyn M. Beltran, AA III - CSWDO)