Top Commission on Elections officials are in Negros Occidental for their two-day meet on the 2018 to 2022 gender and development planning for Western Visayas and the Negros Island Region that begins today.
Two Comelec Commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Luie Guia, and other top officials are expected at the gathering to be held at the Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.
Guanzon said the GAD planning is being held nationwide and is also geared at encouraging more women to run for public office. Their next stop will be Cagayan de Oro.
Comelec data shows that from 2013 to 2016 there has been an increase in female registered voters in the country by 2.13 percent, and an average increase in women candidates from 2004 to 2016 of 1.13 percent.
Among the matters they will tackle are gender responsive registration of voters and gender sensitivity in the performance of functions, she said.*
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