By: Tagum City Information Office
TAGUM CITY—Approximately 7,000 women in this city who are single
mothers, widows, separated and single women formed themselves into an
association as they start to collectively seek a pro-active role in the
Councilor Ester L. Angoy, the adviser of the newly-organized
Empowered Single Ladies Association (ESLA), said the group will be an
avenue for vulnerable women to freely express their concerns especially
in uplifting their socio-economic status.
The officials—both barangay-based and the interim confederation—took
their oath of office recently before Mayor Allan L. Rellon who pledged
the local government’s all-out support to the cause of the organization.
ESLA was formed after a series of consultative assemblies initiated
by the office of Councilor Angoy in all the barangays of Tagum which
compelled the lady councilor to push for the creation of an organization
that caters the needs and concerns of single mothers, widows, separated
and single women.
“Solo parents are considered a vulnerable sector since they
shoulder the challenges of parenthood by themselves, hence, they must be
given special attention and protection,” stressed the lady councilor.
As such, a sustainable livelihood program for all ESLA members is
eyed to help them improve their socio-economic status that could mean
they can bring food to their respective family’s tables and feed their
After their oath-taking, women leaders engaged in a
capability-building and planning workshop to strategize their
association’s next moves to achieve a sustainable livelihood program,
following the nod of the Department of Labor and Employment to include
their association as among the informal labor groups in Davao Region.
In the entire Philippines, an estimated 13.9 million single parents
(either mothers or fathers) who carry the heavy burden of raising their
The national government attends to the needs of this sector through
Republic Act 8972, which provides benefits to solo parents and their
children. Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum