Councilor Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon has crafted a proposed ordinance creating the Baguio “Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere” (MOVE) Organization. The proposed ordinance aims to mobilize the male employees of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) as well as male members of the community as an organization to help the city government institute policy advocacy and changes in the city’s existing Violence Against Women (VAW) programs.

Yaranon said the city government must foster women’s full potential, uplift their status, and improve their quality of life through the enactment of genderresponsive policies; and must commit itself to the eradication of all forms of VAW. The MOVE Organization to be created shall be under the direct supervision of the CSWDO. It shall have the following functions: Encourage their fellow men to commit themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW as well as not to commit, condone, nor remainsilent in the face of VAW; examine, propose, and formulate actions for the total male participation in the elimination of VAW;

Form partnerships and linkages with similar groups against VAW, both in the local and national communities; conduct researches on the social impact of VAW for policy and program coordination and development; establish resource network on VAW; Foster stronger and more active fellowship and comradeship among its members; and exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be assigned by the mayor or as may be prescribed by existing laws
or ordinances.

The city mayor shall appoint or assign a personnel in the MOVE organization who shall be primarily responsible in the overall management of the program and accomplishment of the ordinance’s objectives. Under the ordinance, the following committees shall likewise be created: Committee on Membership and Recruitment; Committee on Education, Training, and Capacity Building; and Committee on Information and Advocacy. The proposed ordinance has been approved on first reading and referred to the city council’s Committee on Social Services, Women, and Urban Poor for review.

SP/Jordan G. Habbiling

Amianan Balita Ngayon