The speakers taken during the open forum. From L-R: Ms. Jennifer Japor of SLSU as the host; Ms. Lovely S. Mores of NEDA Region IV-A; Dr. Melanie M. Reyes from WAGI; ARD Marilyn F. Ogaya from POPCOM IV-A.

Women’s Role in Economic Recovery, Most Pressing Women’s Issue, and Women Leadership were among the discussions in the CALABARZON 2022 Regional Women’s Month (RWM) Celebration on March 25 via zoom videoconference. More than 300 participants joined the activity via zoom while the Facebook livestream garnered a total of 961 views as of this writing.

In line with this year’s sub-theme, “Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, Regional Development Council (RDC) Co-Chairperson Engr. Ladislao L. Andal highlighted in his message the women’s roles and contributions to economic recovery and in the inclusive and participatory governance, as well as the high incidence of adolescent pregnancy as among the concerns. These concerns are important considerations in policy development and project implementation in the Region, Engr. Andal added.

Director Kristine E. Yuzon-Chaves of the Philippine Commission on Women, in her keynote message, underscored that the pandemic further exposed gender gaps and exacerbated vulnerabilities in social, political and economic aspects. Moving forward, there is a need to provide more platforms to marginalized sectors to ensure their participation, and develop more innovative and progressive GAD policies and trainings that can effectively respond to priority gender issues of the region. In closing, Director Chaves reminded everyone that “Juanas take center stage by standing up for their rights, challenging stereotypes, breaking barriers, and serving as pioneers of change”.

Sharing of information and experiences from the invited speakers were part of the event. Online quiz and Tiktok contest were also conducted as part of the celebration.

The RWM was conducted by the CALABARZON RDC Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) in partnership with the Southern Luzon State University and the Provincial Government of Quezon. The event is an annual activity of the RGADC and this year marks the sixth consecutive year of RWM celebration.

Participants of the activity.

Aprille M. Suyat, NEDA Region IV-A | March 29, 2022