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DepEd CALABARZON leads Regional Women’s Month celebration

DepEd CALABARZON together with different regional local government units, government agencies, and state colleges/universities continued to make change work for women as they celebrated Regional Women’s Month in Jose Rizal Memorial School, Calamba City on March 20.

Deputy Director Kristine Balmes of the Philippine Commission on Women explained that the aim of the celebration was to inform and engage women and regional stakeholders in implementing the Magna Carta of Women, where children also play a big part.

“May you be inspired by the significant women in your life. This can be your mothers, sisters, grandmothers, teachers, peers, and classmates who molded you into the person you are today,” Balmes said, addressing the youth.

She also addressed the local government units down to the barangay level to continue activities that promote programs and services for women.

Meanwhile, Engineer Ladislao Andal, Co-Chairperson of the Regional Development Council, explained that the theme, We Make Change Work for Women not only highlights the change and the benefits that women want to have.

“This also emphasizes the need for the active participation of efforts among women in making our theme happened,” Ladislao explained.

Laverne Chipeco, who represented her husband Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc Chipeco, expressed how hardworking women are, saying, “Ang babae po talaga a [multitaskers] dahil lahat po kaya tiisin, lahat kayang gawin.”

On the other hand, Assistant Regional Director Francis Cesar B. Bringas reminded the participants and guests that celebrating the contributions of women does not end after their program is finished, rather it should continue throughout the entire year.

Bringas added, “A strong woman fights for herself, but a stronger woman fights for everybody else.”

Regional Director Luis Banua of National Economic Development Authority CALABARZON commended the different celebration activities geared towards inspiring, informing, and empowering women.

Sharing the same sentiments as Bringas, Banua added, “We hoped that our fight for gender equality and women empowerment continues. We hoped that the acknowledgment of women in our society doesn’t end today.”

Besides the representatives of DepEd CALABARZON Regional Office and Schools Division Offices, the Local Government Unit of Calamba City, Cavite Province, Quezon Province, Batangas Province, Laguna Province, Rizal Province were present to join the celebration.

Also participating in the event were the Regional Development Council, National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Commission on Women, Commission on Human Rights, Departnment of Environment and National Resources, Department of Agirculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Laguna Lake Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Information Agency, and Philippine Statistic Authority.

For the education sector, TESDA, Commission of Higher Education, Laguna Polytechnic University, Southern Luzon Polytechnic University, Batangas State University, Cavite State University, University of Rizal System came to show their support.

Women of DepEd CALABARZON were also praised for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the region. Awardees for the 2018 Outstanding Women of the said office included Bacoor City’s Benita R. Borromeo, Cavite Province’s Cherrylou D. De Mesa, Quezon Province’s Merthel M. Evardome, Cavite City Estrella G. Gonzales, Lipa City’s Ludy N. Pasagui, Laguna Province’s Josilyn S. Solana, and Calamba City’s Rosemarie D. Torres.

Meanwhile University of Rizal System President Marita Canapi and Civil Service Commission Pag-asa Awardee Maria Corazon Rubio of Lucena City National High School were also featured in a talk show titled, “Inspiring Women Stories”. Here, shared their struggles, knowledge, and accomplishments in becoming successful and empowered women in their respective fields.

When asked on how she became such, Canapi answered that it started with her love for her country.

“Patriotism is the beginning of leadership. If we are patriots, we tend to do something for our country, for the people… you will strive [hard] in order to help them… to share with them what you have… influence them to go to the top,” the URS President explained.

On the other hand, Rubio wanted to become an inspiration to her students especially to those with special needs.

“Noong magturo kasi ako, nakita ko na kailangan natin i-mold yung mga attitude nila towards their country, towards themselves… gusto ko makita ng mga bata kung anong isang ehemplo ng mabuting tao… gusto ko makita silang productive citizens of the country,” the head teacher added.

 

Never ending celebration

Guests were also treated to wonderful presentations from the host division. SDO Calamba City gave a rousing and thought provoking speech performance that showed the essence of a Filipina. While Calambeño students gave their all as they sang and danced along to songs about women.

Juanas were also able to showcase their talent during the Juana Got Talent portion of the program. Schools Division of Laguna Province’s Jesswin Pinedo was declared as champion while Department of Agrarian Reform’s Rowena Gloria and SDO Calamba City’s Liezel Molo received first runner-up and second runner-up awards, respectively.

In addition, simultaneous activities such as Poster Making Contest, film showing for students, Serbisyo para kay Juana, and art exhibit where conducted to further bring excitement to the participants and meaning to the celebration.

“As we part ways, let’s bring with us the joy of knowing women’s worth,” NEDA RD Banua expressed in his closing remarks.

Next year’s Regional Women’s Celebration, which will still banner the theme, “We Make Change Work for Women”, will be hosted by the Local Government Unit of Batangas Province. (Ma. Joan Paula D. Dino, PAU, DepEd CALABARZON)

 

 

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