SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
15 December 2021 06:12:27 PM
The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Bukidnon Rep. Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba on Wednesday adopted House Resolution 2357, a resolution congratulating the National Federation of Women’s Club of the Philippines (NFWCP) on the occasion of its centennial anniversary. The resolution, authored by Acosta-Alba also commended the NFWCP for its contribution to the promotion of the welfare of women in the counyry, most especially by having led the fight for the attainment of the Filipino women’s right to suffrage. Acosta-Alba said that 100 years ago on February 5, 1921, about 120 women’s clubs all over the country organized themselves into the NFWCP. Then on September 15, 1937, President Manuel Quezon signed a law that granted Filipino women the right to vote in the presence of NFWCP ladies that included then Federation Honorary President Aurora Aragon-Quezon, in recognition of the Federation’s role in organizing and coalescing various women’s groups and leading the nationwide campaign to promote women suffrage. In her opening remarks, Acosta-Alba described the members of the NFWCP as imminent women who have early on shattered glass ceilings, pushed the boundaries of women’s leadership and participation and paved the way for other women and girls to follow their footsteps and become future leaders of the country. “They have demonstrated through their lives and work, and in the organizations they have founded and worked with, that women can make a difference, not just a small, but a critical significant difference,” she added. NFWCP President Linda Gonzalez expressed their appreciation for the recognition, saying the resolution pays tribute to the 100 years of service that the federation had rendered in championing the cause of the Filipino women. Meanwhile, NFWCP Treasurer Mary Jane Ortega gave a brief presentation on the history of NFWCP and on the women suffrage bill. GABBRIELA Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas, KABATAAN Party-list Rep. Sarah Elago and Cavite Rep. Dahlia Loyola manifested their support for the resolution.