Two women’s groups and allied progressive organizations in Negros Occidental staged dance protests to mark International Women’s Day while slamming Charter Change and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law in Bacolod City, yesterday.
About a thousand protesters under Gabriela-Negros and other progressive groups marched from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the Bacolod City Public Plaza, where they stage a rally.
The rally participants said that the TRAIN law which is now taking place under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte should be scrapped as it has only worsened their already burdened life.
Clarizza Singson Dagatan, chairperson of Gabriela-Negros, said they are calling for an end to the TRAIN law and Cha-Cha.
The militants also hit the Duterte administration for the lack of job opportunities and social justice for women.
The protest at the Bacolod plaza was capped with both women and men protesters dancing the “One Billion Rising Dance”.
Meanwhile, at least 80 women under the Partido Manggagawa-Negros Chapter, wearing colorful headdresses and bringing streamers bearing the message “Pagkaon, Trabaho, Kinamatarong. Indi chacha! (Food, Jobs, Rights. Not Charter Change)”, marched from the Rizal Park at Araneta Street going to the replica of the Bacolod Government Center at Gonzaga Street.
The women leaders, who earlier held a forum at their office in Barangay Singcang-Airport, also staged a dance protest, still calling for a stop the implementation of TRAIN law and the realizationof Cha-Cha.
“The TRAIN law and Cha-Cha are added burdens to the lives of the Filipino, especially women, who are the ones doing the budgeting on the meager income of the family,” Terry Arboleda, PM’s Women Committee chair, said.
Arboleda said that the prices of goods are increasing but not the salaries of workers.
At the Bacolod City government, the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System launched its Women’s Month celebration yesterday.
Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia, who was the guest speaker, told the attendees from various sectors, government agencies, barangays, and non-government organizations, to actively participate in the elections.
She said that only 20 percent of the elected officials are women, when the latter comprises about half of the voting population.
Councilor Cindy Rojas, chair of GAD and the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Women and Gender Development, said, “When women are empowered, the change that we expect from them, is visible and within reach.”
Councilor Em Ang, Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez, Department of Social Services and Development head Pacita Tero, and Bacolod City Police Office-Women and Children’s Protection Desk head Senior Police Officer 4 Arlyn Torrendon, attended the celebration.*SGG
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