The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently hosted a series of events to honor women employees and to appreciate their contributions, while providing them with opportunities to grow as individuals, public servants and entrepreneurs.
With the theme “Juana, Desisyon Mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasa ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!,” the department launched the celebration of women’s month with a mini-trade fair and a medical mission.
Various fora on leadership, governance, entrepreneurship and cooking demonstrations are among the activities slated for the month, along with a film showing on discrimination against women.
Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong, who is also the Chairperson of the Gender and Development National Steering Committee of the DAR, said that this year’s celebration is a way of paying tribute to all women leaders who passionately led and continue to advance women’s advocacies.
“Their key roles and accomplishments in leadership, power and decision-making will be highlighted in order to influence and break the conservative mindset and beliefs that politics and leadership are not for women,” Bistoyong added.
Keynote speaker Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, represented by Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar, read Belmonte’s message.
Belmonte’s message urged all “Juanas” to aspire to become leaders. She also called for “Juans” to share the roles and responsibilities in the household to foster healthy partnership and relationship.
“We need more men who can stand for and promote women’s rights,” Belmonte’s message said.
Guest speakers Undersecretary for Field Operations Jose Grageda and Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Herman Ongkiko, also shared their thoughts about the important role of women in nation-building. (Pinky Roque)
Quezon City Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar (center) led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the mini trade fair at the DAR gymnasium. Asisting her are from left to right: Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Herman Ongkiko, Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong, Director for Public Assistance & Media Relations Service Erlinda Manluctao and Undersecretary for Field Operations Jose Grageda.
QC Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar checking out the native crafts at the mini trade fair with Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong.