JOLO, Sulu – Women and girls in the province of Sulu now have a new venue in conducting activities that will help empower them as the Bangsamoro Government turned-over a P3.5-million worth Women Multipurpose Center built at Barangay Poblacion of Indanan Municipality.
The center was constructed by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) – Sulu 1st District Engineering Office, through the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF) 2020 of former Member of the Parliament Bainon Karon, who currently chairs the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC).
Chairperson Karon and Sulu 1st District Engineer Ajan Ajilul, together with the Sulu Provincial Women Council and local community leaders, spearheaded the turn-over ceremony of the state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday, September 20.
Karon was grateful that her previous office was able to provide new center that will serve as a hub for women in the community, providing them with a space to access basic social services, training, and skills development programs.
“Masaya kami dahil mayroon tayong mga programa para sa mga kababaihan, para sa kanilang pamilya. (Assured) na tayo na ma-implement natin ng mabuti,” Karon said during her speech.
“I’m also grateful to the government of Sulu for facilitating the implementation of this project,” she added.
District Engineer Ajilul also donated a P30,000 TV LED screen to the multipurpose center which could enhance communication, productivity, and promote effective visual aids during presentations and meetings.
During the ceremony, the attendees were informed about the purposes and functions of the center, emphasizing that it will serve as a venue for several conferences and meetings, allowing marginalized women to voice out their concerns.
The Bangsamoro Women Multipurpose Center is expected to become a pillar of strength for the community, and is seen as a symbol of hope for women who can now fully participate and contribute to the development of their communities for the attainment of peace and progress.
TDIF has supported a number of development projects in conflict-affected areas in the region, including the construction of roads, bridges, schools, and other infrastructures.
Providing avenues for the meaningful engagement and participation of the diverse populace of the Bangsamoro, including women and youth, is also among the enhanced 12-point priority agenda of the regional government for 2023-2025. (Alline Jamar Undikan/BIO)