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Women solo parents’ solidarity rite starts 18-day campaign vs violence

TACURONG CITY—Orange ribbons now adorn the twenty-three flagpoles in Tacurong City Hall symbolizing the advocacy to End Violence Against Women (VAW) Now.

Members of the LGU Women Employees Solo Parents Association tied these ribbons during a rite dubbed A Call for Solidarity that kicked off the 18-day Campaign against VAW in the City on 23 November 2015.

Before the ceremony, the association also provided a background on the current situation of women and girls and the risks of domestic violence. LGU employee and officials, and uniformed personnel witnessed the ceremony.

The LGU Women Employees Solo Parents Association is composed of single moms, widows, foster parents, and OFW spouses.

According to Gender and Development Focal Person Nancy Bawe, LGU-Tacurong had set activities in the barangays to sustain the empowerment of women and advocates. “Activities for male and female advocates are set for this campaign..not just about VAW but also about human trafficking,” said Bawe.

The MOVE or Men Oppose Violence against women and children Everywhere, a LGU-based male organization, had also started forums to earlier this month to share information about VAWC.

The annual 18-Day Campaign against VAW which runs from November 25 to December 12 is pursuant to Republic Act 10398. (Jezereel Billano-Fabreag

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Solo Parent-Employees organize support group



TACURONG CITY–A human resource intervention program of LGU-Tacurong City, entitled Strength amidst the Struggles, paved way for solo parent-employees to organize their own support group on July 16, 2015.

“The creation of this support group is also our way of recognizing both the needs and strengths of our employees who are solo parents,” according to Mayor Lina O. Montilla.

Montilla inducted officers of the LGU Women Employees Solo Parents’ Association on July 27 during the LGU’s flag-raising ceremony.

Employees involved in the said intervention program are 24 female solo parents—widows, wives of overseas Filipino workers, unmarried, and have been separated from spouses.

Part of the intervention program was a lecture-workshop conducted by the City Human Resource Management Office (CHRMO) on July 15-16.

Before conducting activities for the solo parents, Psychologist Framer Cristy Mella conducted diagnostic tests using psychological tools to gauge the emotional status of the participants. The results guided CHRMO and Mella in conducting workshops and sharing sessions.

Participants were also briefed about RA 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act. Mella also discussed about responsible parenthood and encouraged participants to share their parenting styles.

“No matter how busy you feel you are in providing for the material needs of your children, always remember that they deserve your time and attention,” Mella addressed to the participants.

“We hope that this intervention will give participants more opportunities to draw strength from each other,” CHRM Officer Nenita Albito stated.   (Jez Billano, LGU Tacurong City)

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