Mayor Lina O. Montilla and Hon. Psyche Sucaldito with representatives of various women organizations in the city unveiled the City’s Gender and Development (GAD) Code replica during the City’s Women’s Month Celebration on March 22, 2013.


Hon. Sucaldito authored the GAD Code which is ‘a local legislation that spells out the City’s Government’s objective in safeguarding women from gender disparities, inequities that deprive them of equal opportunities to enjoy rights and fundamental freedom.’ Public and private agencies will be provided with handbooks of the GAD Code.

After the unveiling, Mayor Montilla inducted the officers of the newly-created Local Women Development Council (LWDC). LWDC officers and members are heads and representatives of various women organizations in the city.

The Purple Walk and Hataw (mass exercise) was conducted before the program, uniting 24 women organizations and public and private agencies in the city. The LGU also offered free medical and dental check-up for women throughout the day.

This year’s Women’s Month Celebration is themed Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan.

Jezereel Louise C. Billano (LGU.Information)