GWAC Empowers Kabacan

Behind the increasing population and growing economy of Kabacan, are social dimensions that challenge the Local Government to create a gender friendly environment that will empower both men and women and establish a supportive and enabling environment. The status of children, men and women in Kabacan especially in the aspect of accessing services and protecting their rights as passengers is an area that raises concern for the Local Government Unit of Kabacan and the Local Council of Women to respond and work immediately.

One of the institutional mechanisms desired to take proactive steps to address the area of concern is the creation and establishment of the Gender Welfare Assistance Center of Kabacan and the provision of basic services in collaboration with other organizations. In essence, GWAC is expected to respond to the basic problems and needs related to women, children, differently-abled persons and senior citizens.

It has been the vision of the Local Government to make Kabacan a gender-fair and child friendly Municipality. In fact, the Municipality of Kabacan is one of the municipalities in the entire Philippines that established a Gender and Development Code. The code was legislated and became an ordinance in the year 2008 as a manifestation of the government to uphold, protect and advance the rights, interests and privileges of women and children.

Last May 29, 2012, Hon. Airene Clair Pagal, Board member of the 2nd district of North Cotabato shared the moment with the LGU Kabacan Officials and personnel, members and officers of the Local Council of Women, professors from different Colleges of the University of Southern Mindanao, passengers and visitors as GWAC was launched at the newly constructed Kabacan Terminal Comlex, Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, Cotabato. This fully air-conditioned center has small clinic, play station for children, breastfeeding area and one staff to attend to the needs of the clients. The center is open from 7:00 in the morning up to 5:00 in the afternoon. Furthermore, GWAC is envisioned to be an instrument to bring social empowerment to children, women and men particularly in the transport services.

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