In observance of the Women’s Month celebration, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) hosted a series of events to celebrate and to honor women. With the theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!” (Include Women in the Agenda), DAR kicked-off the week-long celebration (March 28 to April 1) with a program.
In his speech, DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes connected the functions and responsibilities of DAR as an agency to women’s agenda. He said, “Different issues faced by women agrarian reform beneficiaries were addressed during my term.”
Sec. de los Reyes also highlighted transparency during his administration and his endeavor to make a lasting impression even after his term by identifying his achievements, pinpointing areas for improvement and suggesting solutions to issues who will not be able to solve.
DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag shared his knowledge on how to be fit and healthy. In particular, ASec, Tayag said that diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure are the three main health risks of Filipinos today. He also added that people should limit their sugar intake since sugar is the new cholesterol.
Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) Director Juñice Melgar who represented keynote speaker DOH Secretary Janette Garin, provided updates on the status of women’s health in the country. She elaborated certain issues affecting women such as maternal death, diabetes, and zika virus. Director Melgar cited a program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) supporting women.
She said, “All women about to give birth shall be covered by the agency’s National Health Insurance Program even they are not enrolled with PhilHealth.” She added that PhilHealth will now pay the maternity benefit regardless of the number of previous deliveries.
DAR Assistant Secretary Patricia Rualo-Bello provided the closing remarks and reiterated the importance of women in nation-building.
Secretary de los Reyes and Undersecretary Rosalina Bistoyong led the ribbon-cutting for the mini trade-fair showcasing products of farmer-beneficiaries and various medical services for employees. Lectures on skills development and health and wellness were scheduled for all interested DAR employees.
The celebration was conducted from March 28 to April 1, 2016.