MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Apr 1 (PIA) – "Women of today are already empowered, I am asking your help and cooperation for the good of our province," Governor Roger G. Mercado called on women-participants during the Women's Month culmination activity held at DPWH function room, March 31, 2015.

He noted that as far as Southern Leyte women are concerned, they are very competitive in any field, saying that, "community participation is one of the pillars of good governance."

The governor is asking women's help and cooperation to combat the problems of illegal drugs and environmental protection in the province, which he considers as the two important problems that need immediate actions.

"Please help us monitor and report immediately any suspected activities, since we are the shepherds of our community and this is for the future of our children's children," Gov. Mercado urged participants in his message participated by Day Care Workers and officers of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) throughout the province.

He doubted that overpopulation and unemployment are the reasons why people resort to illegal activities such as drugs, illegal quarrying, among other related illegal activities. Women are already empowered, they can seek how to improve their own income since they are well disciplined and hardworking in order to succeed and to be more progressive.

The governor said that "without a woman, a man cannot succeed in his endeavor or the other way around."

Among other activities during the day were a motorcade around the city, a physical fitness (Zumba) exercises, display of women's products and a short program.