By: Flor Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran – Congressman Rogelio Espina of the lone district of Biliran will grace the 17th Provincial Women’s Congress 2011 in the province of Biliran.
This was learned by PIA from Ms. Flordeliza Trani, Provincial Social Welfare Office of Biliran in a mobile phone interview.
She said, Congressman Espina is the guest speaker during the opening program on Thursday, March 17 of the two-day activity of women in Biliran to be held inside the capitol compound in Naval, Biliran.
Congressman Espina will be introduced by Atty. Lolita C. Nueve, Provincial Director of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Biliran.
Ms. Trani informed that the opening day of the provincial women’s congress will be started with a concelebrated mass at the Nipa Hut complex also inside the provincial capitol with no less than Msgr. Filomeno Bactol, Bishop of Naval as the main celebrant together with some clergy of the diocese.
During the opening program, she said, Biliran Governor Gerardo Espina, Jr. will deliver his welcome address.
Dr. Cecil Espina, wife of Congressman Espina and president of the Provincial Council for Women’s Welfare, Incorporated (PCWWI) will also deliver her message.
The holding of the 17th Provincial Women’s Congress 2011 in Biliran is a joint undertaking of the provincial government of Biliran and the PCWWI.
Some 2,480 women in the province are expected to attend the activity set on March 17 and 18, 2011.
Despite the rainy weather since late afternoon the other day, the women-participants were not discouraged in putting up their tents which they have completed earlier than scheduled.
The participants are also preparing their display in their respective booths per municipality for the Women’s Trade Fair.
On display during the trade fair are agricultural products considered to be the best and most unique in their areas.
The best dressed booth and most unique product will be chosen during the two-day trade fair.
Aside from the lectures on various topics that affect the lives of women in Biliran as members in the community and as parents and the various livelihood skills training that the women-participants will undergo during the affair, delegations from the eight municipalities of the province will choose one representative from their group to participate in the slogan contest.
The slogan contest will be centered in this year’s theme of the women’s month celebration in March which is “Magna Carta of Women, the Philippine CEDAW: In Support of the Millennium Development Goals.”
The holding of the 17th Provincial Women’s Congress is one of the highlights of Biliran’s celebration of the Women’s Month. (PIA-Biliran)