CAPITOL, Misamis Oriental, Dec. 14 (PIA) -- Misamis Oriental switched on the inaugural orange-themed lights for Christmas in support of the "Orange Your Icon," a national movement to end violence against women (VAW).
Gov. Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano said this is in honor of all women in the province as the provincial government continues to uphold the rights of women for a VAW-free community.
Together with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the provincial government celebrated this year's 18-day campaign with the theme, "Violence Against Women (VAW)-Free Community Starts With Me," which seeks to address and end VAW with the lighting of orange at the provincial capitol.
The color reflects the strength, enthusiasm, and aspirations of women.
In her remarks, DOT-10 representative Josephine Roque said the lighting of orange bulbs is an initiative that aims to raise awareness and consciousness in the unending vow in "oranging" famous and prominent tourism sites in the country.
It also hopes to encourage gender responsiveness in Philippine tourism, which "endeavors safe and not exploitative tourism activities."
She said the color orange represents hope for a future free from VAW.
The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12 to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern.
It supports the Philippine Government's goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of gender-based violence. (eor/PIA)