By Freddie G. Lazaro
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte – The provincial government of Ilocos Norte, through the Gender and Development (GAD) office is set to stage its annual “Kinni-Kinni” parade today to promote the role of women and men as partners in development.
The event is one of the significant highlights of the Women’s Month celebration in Ilocos Norte, anchored on this year’s theme ‘We Make Change Work for Women.’
‘Kinni-kinni’ is the Ilocano term for walking with swaying hips, often attributed as a feminine way of walking.
“Change is what improves and develops our way of life, not only for the women populace but for both men and women,”said GAD office chief Nelinda A. Erice.
“We all know that men and women are partners in any developmental aspect of our society,” she added.
“The only permanent thing in life is change. Lahat naman tayo, iniisip ang progreso, ang pagbabago ng buhay natin mula sa average level to a much better life in the future, for the uplifting of our family life.”
She emphasized that whether man or woman, every member of society desires improvement and development which can be attained through working together.
Preceding the parade will be the ‘National Buntis Day’ celebration to be conducted by the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society at the Centennial Arena from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Erice shared, “We will be having 70 doctors nationwide as trainers and lecturers on maternal health, simultaneous with free medical-dental checkups, Ob-Gyne consultations, and free breast examinations,” with 500 pregnant Ilocanas expected to attend.