To ensure that change would work for women, various programs, projects, policies and activities for health, education and livelihood are upheld by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-10, Department of Health (DOH)-10 and City Social Welfare and Development Office here.
During the Talakayan sa PIA on March 23, Telesfora Madelo DOH-10 highlighted the breastfeeding seat policy that aims to provide comfort and convenience to nursing mothers while traveling on a bus.
“The Task Force for the Infant and Young Child Feeding is now awaiting for the approval from the LTFRB on the implementation of the policy to be complied by the buses within the region,” Madelo added.
Aside from that, the DOH also implements the Safe Motherhood Program to establish cost-effective approach of delivering health services and provide emergency obstetrics and newborn care.
On the other hand, Nathalie Igot of CHED-10 and president of the Gender Advocates (GA)-10 said that the commission is offering the Study Grant Program for Solo Parents and Their Children to make sure that every individual is given an equal opportunity to finish his or her studies despite his or her circumstance.
“The child of the solo parent or even the parent herself or himself who would like to go back to school can apply as long as he or she can present a document that he or she is a solo parent or a child of such,” Igot said.
Moreover, to empower women in the city, Jong Pamisa of the CSWDO shared that they are conducting the Urban Container Household Gardening that targets members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“The project also aims to combat rising problems of malnutrition, poverty and solid waste management since there are about 30,000 poor households and 8-10 percent malnourished children in the city,” Pamisa explained.
These and more programs and projects are among the many changes that the government has recently implemented to provide better access to health, education and livelihood services to women.(RTP/PIA10)