Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Women's groups slam Aquino gov't

Beggars in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 1, 2011) – Various women's groups held a one-hour noise barrage in Davao City on Tuesday to coincide with the nationwide protest of women.

“Women will be commemorating the forthcoming International Women's Day faced with the aggravating poverty and hunger due to the Aquino government's failure to stop the weekly increases of oil and basic commodities and services,” said Lyda Canson, chairperson emeritus of the group called Gabriela in Davao City.

Cora Espinoza, head of the Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa, also joined the protest.

Last week, officials from the Department of Energy held a dialogue with transport groups in Davao City and blamed the conflict in the Middle East and the Arab world for the high prices of fuel.

Gabriela said it will also hold women's parade and cultural program in commemoration of the Women's Day on March 8. “This year, we will highlight our protest on the economic crisis brought by high prices and low wage suffered most by our women and their families,” Canson said.

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