DAR celebrates women’s month

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ZZ WEB 20160331 NATL CENT PINX Ph1The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently hosted a series of events to honor its women employees and to appreciate their contributions, while providing them with opportunities to grow as individuals, public leaders and entrepreneurs.

With the theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!” the department culminated the women’s month celebration with a week-long series of activities which started with a convocation on March 28, 2016.

In his speech, DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said the department is responsive to women’s rights and concerns. He said, “We always make sure that women are included in the programs and projects of the department.”
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong, who is also the Chairperson of the Gender and Development (GAD) National Steering Committee of the DAR, said the Secretary signed Administrative Order 1 series of 2011 enforcing the DAR to mainstream women’s agenda in its endeavors.

“DAR’s administrative order on women’s agenda ensures that our women agrarian reform beneficiaries’ rights are protected. Together with their spouses and family, they are our partners in rural development,” Bistoyong said.

Keynote speaker Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin represented by DOH Director Juñice Melgar gave updates on women’s health in the country. She said that the DOH has lined up health care programs and projects especially for women.
ZZ WEB 20160331 NATL CENT PINX Ph2“The DOH has established maternal health-care services in a lot of hospitals for our mothers. We have established in some hospitals a health-care unit called violence against women protection units for women and children who were abused and battered.”

Guest speaker DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag informed the employees of the importance of health. He led everyone in a short exercise session.

“The top three health risks that beset us are diabetes, obesity and hypertension. To keep ourselves healthy, we should watch our diet and exercise our bodies,” Tayag said.

The week-long celebration opened with a mini-trade fair showcasing agri-products of farmer-beneficiaries and medical services for employees. Various fora on skills development, health and wellness and community development were slated for the week from March 28 to April 1, 2016.

DAR Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) Director Erlinda Manluctao, who is also the Chairperson of the GAD Technical Working Group, said the courses on technical skills are being conducted by the experts from the Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA), while the heath and wellness services are provided by Bioessence and Derm Factor.
ZZ WEB 20160331 NATL CENT PINX Ph3“Blood letting and blood donations for the Red Cross were also conducted. We also invited health and wellness icon Cory Quirino who gave a talk on how to age gracefully,” Manluctao said.

In her closing remarks, DAR Assistant Secretary Patricia Rualo-Bello, who is the Vice-Chair for the GAD National Steering Committee, reiterated that women should be empowered because women are partners in nation-building.

Present during the opening of the women’s week celebration were Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Herman Ongkiko, Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Justin Vincent La Chica, Assistant Secretary for Support Services Herminia San Juan, Director for Administrative Services Rene Colocar and Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer for Policy and Planning Service Jaime Mata. (Pinky Roque)

Photo 1: Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes together with Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong cuts the ceremonial ribbon officially the opening of women’s week celebration.

Photo 2: DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag led the crowd in a short exercise session.

Photo 3: A mini trade fair showcasing the agri-products of agrarian reform beneficiaries.