April 13, 2024

The city will kick off the Women’s Month celebration March 2 during flag-raising rites at city hall.
With the theme, “We make change work for women,” the celebration is spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with other government agencies and women’s organizations.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong will lead local officials and women’s organizations representatives in unfurling the banner showcasing the event’s activities. 
He will also induct the incoming officers of the Outstanding Women Leaders (OWLs) of Baguio.
OWLs outgoing president Imelda Bisnar said other government agencies will also have similar programs.
Other activities include the Women’s Day Program on March 13 at the PFVR gymnasium with Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Mia Joy Cawed as guest of honor and speaker. 
Councilor Lilia Fariñas, chair of the city council’s committee on women, and other officials will also deliver messages during the occasion.
The awarding of this year’s OWLs who will be revealed during the activity will be the highlight of the month-long celebration.
A dinner honoring the OWLs awardees will be held at Ridgewood Hotel at Lualhati barangay.
Other activities are on-the-spot art competition on March 6 and 7 at Camp John Hay, a photo exhibit and One Billion Rising dance at Malcolm Square on March 8, women’s health forum at the Health Services Offices on March 13, women’s mentoring at University of Baguio on March 24, and Pinay Power (Women’s Talk) at Street 77 Cafeteria, March 24.
A forum on the role and participation of women in the city’s creative programs is set at City Hall multipurpose hall on March 18; digital literacy for children in conflict with the law and out-of-school youth on March 16 to 20; and digital literacy for women on March 27 at the DICT training center, Pacdal.
The forum on enhancing adolescent health is set March 20 at Philippine Women’s University and a symposium on solo parenting is set March 20 at King’s Court, Trancoville.
Also slated are women with disability day forum at City Hall multipurpose hall, March 25; unit level socio-cultural contest for women at CSWDO unit offices, March 23 to 27; forum on revitalizing environment at the Baguio City National High School gym, March 27; and closed door survivors’ forum, March 28.
For the whole month, there will be an advocacy campaign through various media outlets, practical skills training and livelihood program in identified barangays and training centers, free papsmear at district health centers, and symposium on violence against women in different barangays and schools. – Gaby Keith