Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cagsawa Ruins joins 'Orange you Icon' campaign to end violence vs women

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 23 (PNA) -- Cagsawa Ruins park in Barangay Busay, Daraga, Albay will glow with the orange color on November 25 as it becomes part of Department of Tourism (DOT)-Bicol and Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) launch of “Orange your Icons” campaign to end “Violence Against Women” or VAW.

"Orange is a bright color that will create awareness among the public on the advocacy,” said Maria Salee Mora, DOT-Bicol tourism officer.

She said Cagsawa park like other tourism sites, landmarks and icons in every region in the country will simultaneously shine with the orange color on Nov. 25.

Mora said these tourist attractions that are rich in history and culture, will be illuminated by the orange color for 18 days, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, to generate public interest in the VAW campaign.

She said every year, PCW has a partner agency for the campaign which is in solidarity with the United Nations’ “Unite to end VAW campaign.”

Mora said this year, DOT has joined the collective effort to pursue the vision of a VAW-free community.

PCW, in its website, noted that even as the tourism industry has created economic opportunities for women, who make up between 60 to 70 percent of all workers in the tourism industry in the world, they have become victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking that form of the larger social issue referred to as VAW.

Mora said DOT expects from 500 to 800 participants from the academe, local government units, non-government organizations and national government agencies who will join the ceremonial lighting of the Cagsawa ruins park on the evening of Nov. 25.

She said Tourism Undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez is expected to lead the ceremonial lighting along with the directors of government line agencies in Bicol and the mayors of Legazpi City, host municipality of Daraga and Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JORGE HALLARE/EDS