DAR promotes gender equality

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March 26 2014 news pix 1The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is currently hosting a series of events to honor women with various activities to appreciate DAR women employees and provide them with opportunities to grow as an individual, as a public servant and as an entrepreneur.

With the theme “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong,” the department launched last March 24 the celebration of women’s week with a medical and dental mission; a free spa with facial and massage; and gave away samples of wellness and beauty products.

Various fora on entrepreneurship, enterprise opportunities for women, nurturing excellence in the workplace, nurturing participation in the rural community and demonstration on food processing and food cart business were also conducted.

Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong said that the department is one with the government in promoting gender equality and upholding women’s rights.

“Aside from our advocacy in helping rural women, this is our little way of honouring and appreciating our women employees, as well as our male employees, by providing them with medical services and health products for free,” said Bistoyong who is also the Chairperson for DAR’s Gender and Equality National Steering Committee.March 26 2014 news pix 2

“The various talks on business opportunities and ways to excel in the workplace will help women in increasing their income [should they decide to become entrepreneurs] while those forums on excellence will help women discover their potential as a female individual who can bring about good changes and contribute in the work place and be active in the community,” added Bistoyong.

Keynote speakers Ma. Estrella Penunia-Banzuela, Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) and Jocelyn Badiola, Deputy Executive Director of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), both spoke about the important role of rural women in nation-building.

Earlier on March 8, the DAR participated in the biggest formation of the female symbol held last March 8 at the Rizal Park in Manila.

A tally of 10,168 people gathered to set a record in the Guiness Book of World Records forming the female symbol—a circle with a cross underneath—to kick off the month-long activities honouring the resiliency of Filipino women.