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City, COMELEC hold ‘Women and Election Seminar’

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Representatives from various women groups in the city gathered at the Palacio del Sur Monday morning for a forum dubbed “Women and Election Seminar” initiated by the City Government in partnership with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC-9).

Mayor Beng Climaco and Election Commissioner Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon spearheaded the activity that was held in line with women’s rights to suffrage and women empowerment as provided in Article II, section 14 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states that “the State recognizes the role of women in nation-building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.”

The mayor shared her story of women empowerment recalling her days as a teacher and guidance counselor who became a City Councilor then the City Vice Mayor and later the District I Representative in the House of Congress and currently the City Mayor serving her second term.

For her part, Commissioner Guanzon emphasized the importance of women participation in the Philippine election process and in the exercise of democracy, as she encouraged the participants to actively take part and to exercise their basic rights.

Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete, COMELEC-Zamboanga City Executive Officer IV detailed the role of women and election that was followed by the open forum.

The half-day seminar, held at the Valencia Ballroom of the Palacio del Sur in Gov. Camins was organized by the City Government through the Office of the City Mayor and the Gender and Development Section in partnership with the local COMELEC.

In the afternoon, the COMELEC officials from Manila spearheaded a consultation with stakeholders on the proposed postponement of the May 2018 barangay elections. (Sheila Covarrubias)