Federation of Women Civic Organizations of Quezon City
With the health of the community as his main concern, the late Dr. Petronilo Monsod, who at that time was then the Health Chief Officer of the Quezon City government, organized in 1935 the Federation of Women Civic Organizations of Quezon City (FCWO).
The first club-member of the FCWO which responded was the Novaliches Ladies Association, then headed by the late QC Councilor Arsenia Maximo, which had helped establish the Health Center of Novaliches, Q.C.
In 1972 when the late Mrs. Asisola Lim Amoranto, wife of the then incumbent QC Mayor Norberto S. Amoranto, was the FCWO president, she had obtained a permit from the City Government with the assistance of then Q.C. Councilor Melencio M. Castelo for the construction of a FCWO building within the City Hall grounds. Councilor Castelo was then chairman of the Committee of Real Estate and Subdivision thereby necessitating his favorable recommendation. Hence in 1972, the Q.C. Council had given permit to the FCWO to build a 1,000 s.q.m. area as its headquarters.
The FCWO building was built that year and it still stands today in the Q.C. Hall compound. The FCWO had not only built an edifice but it had since then built a stronger FCWO with its club-membership growing each year.
The group not only confined itself to health concerns but it also opened its doors to child learning centers which catered to the children of Q.C. Hall employees with emphasis on the development of moral values. They also established the Estasyon Samaritan, where interaction dialogues between parents and street children are regularly held; the Free Legal Consultation Service where indigent residents are assisted in their legal problems and, of course, its flagship community service: the Free Medical Services.
The FCWO also organized the Q.C. Confederation of Senior Citizens, where elderlies from 60 years old up are given regular lectures on the subject of “cheerful and healthful living”.
- Lea T. Castelo. 100 Centennial Celebration Feminist Movement in the Philippines 1905-2005. Vibal Publishing House, Inc.:2005.