DAGUPAN CITY – After its inauguration and blessing on January 19, the city’s women center at Poblacion Oeste hosted a seminar for women as part of the celebration of the National Women’s Month, the very first seminar conducted at the center.


The seminar, attended by the Local Council for Women, Samahan ng Kababaihan ng Dagupan, Barangay Service Point Officers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Health Workers, was about on coping mechanism and interpersonal relationship in the workplace.
The seminar was facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Leah L. Aquino, in cooperation with the Office of the City Mayor and the Rotary Club of Uptown Dagupan headed by Perla Tañedo.
The participants were also briefed on violence against women, the goals of the women center with role playing synthesis and evaluation.
In her message, Mayor Fernandez noted that from the time the city became serious in the campaign against violence on women and children, which led to the construction of the Women Center, the center is yet to receive victims of abuses.
“Until now we have not yet received any victim of abuse in our center. Maybe because they became aware that we already have a center for battered and abuse women in our city and that we are serious in protecting them. Nevertheless, we will not stop and we will continue with our campaign on protecting the rights of our women and our children,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez encouraged the participants to be active partners of the city in its campaign in fighting for the rights of women in the city.
“This women center has been my dream since I was still the vice-mayor. And it became a dream come true when I was elected as City Mayor,” she said.


Fernandez promised that she will conduct more seminars for women to ensure that they are empowered and to make change work for women.
“In fact in our organizational charts at the city hall alone, most women are occupying key positions and this is due to the fact that they are good and hardworking, dedicated and passionate in delivering services to our city,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 15, 2017)