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CTCDW hosts Mother’s Day coffee forum

To accentuate femininity in its full glory, a Mother’s Day special coffee forum with the theme “Babae May Halaga Ka: ‘Di lang Asawa at Ina” was hosted by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Sultan Kudarat State University – ACCESS.

Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge from the 7 barangays of Tacurong City, female SKSU-ACCESS representatives, and female uniformed personnel from the Tacurong City Police Station all convened at the venue to witness the film showing of Maricel Soriano’s “Babae”.

An open forum then ensued to solicit opinions regarding the movie and its relevance to women’s lives and role in the society.

While ideas may have clashed, the exchange of points of view ended on a positive note saying that women empowerment does not only stop with women educating themselves but also transcends beyond men and their understanding of the female.

The discussion was paneled by CTCDW Adviser Nancy Bawe, CTCDW Vice President Susie Daza, and CTCDW Ex-Officio Member Jocelyn Panizales.

The council expressed its gratitude to all participants through a raffle. VP Daza also delivered CTCDW’s thanks towards SKSU for its accommodation through a token.

SKSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Christine Abo represented SKSU President Rolando Hechanova and welcomed the guests who graced the event. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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VAW-Desk Awards tops off 2021 women’s month celeb

Ten barangay councilors who emerged as Most Functional Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk In-Charge in this year’s National Women’s Month culmination in the city, March 30, 2021, were honored for their responsiveness in acting upon women abuse and in advocating women empowerment in their areas of jurisdiction.

Conferred by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) at Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Evelyn Camendan of Brgy. Buenaflor ranked 1st among other nominees from the twenty barangays of Tacurong. Meanwhile, Luisa Acosta of Brgy. San Pablo and Gina Espuertas of Brgy. New Isabela came in 2nd and 3rd places.

The fourth to tenth places were also respectively garnered by Cherry Tolentino of Brgy. Upper Katungal, Rohaila Gapor of Brgy. Calean, Leah Ferrer of Brgy. New Carmen, Elisa Godoy of Brgy. San Antonio, Ellyn Casipe of Brgy. Baras, Analyn Sidon of Brgy. Kalandagan, and Jocelyn Puedan of Brgy. New Lagao.

Each of the Top 10 awardees took home a plaque of recognition, a sack of rice, a personalized mug, and cash prizes of varying amount from P5,500 to P10,000 depending on the rank while a certificate of participation and a consolation prize of P2,000 were each given to non-winning brgy. councilors.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla’s support on this celebration was made apparent through City Councilor David Salazar who imparted various bible verses on what empowered women should be, and he also stressed the city government’s openness to create legislations that could intensify women’s campaign for gender equality.

Aside from their input and guidance, City First Lady and CTCDW Honorary Adviser Cora Montilla, as well as City Councilor and CTCDW Honorary Chairperson Lalaine Montilla, also sponsored assistance in the form of mugs raffled in the program.

Further, CTCDW also recognized the beauty salons and establishments in the city that supported the authored ordinance of Councilor Lalaine, Ordinance No. 030-2020, urging a 10% discount every first week of International Women’s Month Celebration granted to every female customer of these beauty parlors.

The program also launched the Search for Women Achievers Award – Frontliner Edition as adjacent to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

City Councilor Geronimo Arzagon, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elenita Saavedra, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Eufemia Robles also graced the activity along with the CTCDW officers, barangay officials, and awardees’ families. (DEC, LGU-TacInformation)

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Tacurong hails 4 women achievers

Shedding light to the triumphant stories of marginalized women, four (4) ladies of various vocations were hailed as Tacurong Women Achievers by the City of Tacurong Council for the Development of Women (CTCDW) for their remarkable contribution to their families and communities, December 7, 2020.

After a thorough screening done by the CTCDW to thirteen (13) nominees from four categories, the women who emerged as most deserving of the recognition were: Merlina Caspillo, a volunteer worker; Sonia Libres, a housemaid; Melejenda Portuito, a farmer; and Jocelyn Libo-on, a Person with Disability (PWD).

Their challenges in life didn’t set them back from reaching greater heights. Through their dedication and perseverance, the four awardees manifested better lives. Now, most of their children are established professionals such as seafarers, teachers and police officers.

“These days, we are able to eat right or even more than enough, unlike before,” Sonia Libres told the audience through a video presentation.

Out of the four winners, Jocelyn Libo-on was the only remaining single lady. Libo-on had her right eye visually impaired in an accident, making her a PWD but even so, her time and effort were devoted towards the community and fellow PWDs as a president of the Women with Disability Federation.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla congratulated the achievers and further acknowledged the significant roles of women in the society and in their family especially as wives to their partners. In his message, he underlined that the women achievers’ success stories should set a precedent to other women to pursue and achieve greatness barring the gender prejudices.

Also present in the awarding ceremony at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center were City Councilor David Salazar, City First Lady Cora Montilla, CTCDW Chaiperson Janet Collado and Vice Chairperson Susie Daza, and the representatives of the academe and other organizations.

The four winners each received Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000) cash prize, one sack of rice, a plaque of recognition, and a bouquet of flowers.

The Tacurong Women Achievers award was a nod to the National Women’s Month last March 2020 aiming the continuous empowerment of women as catalysts of change and active contributors in the society. (DEC, LGUTac-Info)

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