TAGBILARAN CITY – Lady provincial board member Godofreda O. Tirol said she has been standing batting for a clear fund allocation for gender and development (GAD) in the province. BM Tirol hastened to say, “I fought for that,” during the Kapihan sa PIA at K of C in this city yesterday where she was the guest. PIA provincial infocen manager Rey Anthony Chiu anchored the Kapihan aired over DyTR.
The provincial government or municipal government has been mandated by law to set aside at least five percent (5) of its total annual budget for GAD. Tirol, a strong advocate of women’s rights, also spelled out the role of women in fast changing society. She said that gone are the days that women are only up to a sheer housewife. The province of Bohol is observing March as the Women’s month celebration with the theme, ““Juana: Ang Desisyon Mo Ay Mahalaga Sa Kinabukasan Ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na.”
She said that GAD budget play an mportant role in women’s development so that they could be productive in nation-building and economy. She said that every local government unit should have a focal person when budgeting period sets in. And this is true in most of the LGUs so that need-based priority is attended to.
But she expressed grave concern over those LGUs, whose GAD fund budgets are being done in the absence of need-based reflection. She agreed with the opinion that GAD allocation is necessary since no program or activity relative to women concerns can succeed without money. Tirol, chair of the women and children of the provincial board chaired by first woman vice-governor in the person of Concepcion Lim, has evolved from mere housewife to bigger and different roles in society.
She cited that a number of the provincial board one time were women including herself. And the number of the local chief executives, city, municipal and barangay councilors is growing.
Provincial board member Jovanna Jumamoy and herself are incumbent lady board members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan chaired by Lim. The incumbent lady municipal mayors include Rosemarie Lim-Imboy, Loay; Regina Salazar, Lila; Lim, Valencia; Tita Gallentes, G-Hernandez; Amparo, Duero; Ma. Fe Piezas, Guindulman; Esther Tabigue, Mabini; Tesalonica Boyboy, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia; Necitas Cubrado, Pilar; Natividad Gonzaga, Danao; Josephine Socorro Jumamoy, Inabanga; Leonila Montero, Panglao; Helen Alaba, Loboc; Ernesita Digal and Miriam Sumaylo, Dauis. (rvo)