Iligan City participates in the ‘Orange Your Icon for 18 Days Advocacy Initiative.’ It kicked-off with Inaugural Lighting of the Maria Cristina Falls in the city on Nov. 25
Orange is a bright and optimistic color chosen by the United Nations Secretary General to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. Thus, the City of Iligan declares its commitment in upholding the rights of women and girls to be valued and respected, said Vice Mayor Jemar L. Vera Cruz in his message after the Inaugural Lighting.
This also declares support to the 18 Day-campaign from 25 November to December 12 to the vision of a Violence Against Women (VAW)-free community.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in collaboration with the local government unit (LGU) of Iligan City likewise aimed to raise awareness that VAW is a public issue of national concern, and to end VAW by putting up or displaying color orange to all known tourist attractions in the country.
The message also calls for the DOT and other stakeholders in the tourism industry to have a safe and non-exploitative tourism activities, capping this year’s theme, “VAW-free community starts with me.” The theme gives emphasis on continues pursuit of achieving a VAW-free community through everyone’s commitment and contribution to ending VAWs.
Stakeholders—academe, training institution, private sector, non-government organization, civil society, of a man/boy, and woman/girl among others also expressed their commitments during the inauguration.
Ma. Nancy G. Derequito of DOT region 10 said that Maria Cristina Falls represents Region 10. The campaign was simultaneous opened with other 18 participating tourist destinations in all regions nationwide.
November 25 is also celebrated as the ‘National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children’ under Republic Act 10398.
Derequito also said that Maria Cristina Falls is a famous landmark of Iligan, the fountainhead of progress.
It is also the Mother of all waterfalls in this part of the country for it gave birth to the islands electrification program through the hydroelectric power plant. It stands 120 ft., harnessed and inaugurated in 1953 to give light to an island of darkness. It symbolizes the symbiotic existence of man and that of Mother Nature, she said.
Meanwhile, Derequito, along with DOT Manila represented by Aida Soriano, talked on VAW free Region 10, and Rationale of VAWfree Philippines respectively.
Proclamation No. 117, series of 2006, declares 25 November to 12 December as the 18-day Campaign to End VAW, as the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW, consistent with the Magna Carta of Women. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)