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Mabalacat City recognized for outstanding efforts in gender equality, women empowerment

Mabalacat City has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in institutionalizing its Population, Gender, and Development Office (POPGAD), a pivotal step towards promoting gender equality and empowering women in the community.

With this, the city was certified with a new additional Gender and Development Local Learning Hub (GAD LLH) Program during the LLH Assembly Awarding Ceremony on April 17-19, 2024, at Sequoia Hotel, Manila Bay, with the theme: “Empowering Local Government Units as Catalysts for Change towards Gender-Responsive Bagong Pilipinas.”

The National GADTIMPALA marker was received by Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo C. Garbo and POPGAD Head Charlo Costales.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) honored Mabalacat City for its remarkable achievements in advancing gender equality and empowering women within the community.

“I am incredibly proud of Mabalacat City’s recognition at the Gender and Development Local Learning Hub (LLH) Notable Program awarding ceremony. This award is a testament to our commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. We will continue to create initiatives that support and uplift women in our community, ensuring that they have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive,” Mayor Garbo said.

Among the outstanding programs and initiatives that showcase Mabalacat City’s commitment to gender equality are the WE LEAP program, Sentrong Aruga program, Drop-In Center for Women and Children, Psycho-Social Support Services, Knowledge Management Center, Tech Assistance Services, and the Paglaya program.

In addition to these impactful programs, Mabalacat City has also championed initiatives such as Pre-Marriage Orientation and Counseling, Responsible Parenthood, and more.