CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The RDC-X Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC-X) kick-started the 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) through a hybrid of virtual and face-to-face activities, 1 March.

A total of 274 RGADC-X representatives from member LGUs, NGAs, academe, and POs participated in the event. This year’s sub-theme, “Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran” highlights the empowerment of women, encouraging them to make voices heard, for the betterment of the world.

The program started with a “Hataw”, featuring dance videos that advocate women empowerment, such as “Juana, Ikaw na ang Manguna” and “One Billion Rising,” among others.  As a way of recognizing the accomplishments and initiatives of RGADC-X members, a short video highlighting the 2021 NWMC major activities of the Committee and its members was also presented.

The activity featured two guests who shared their experiences advocating women’s empowerment. Their sharing focused on the strategies that they pursued in order to thrive, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; these efforts allowed them to progress in their chosen businesses or outreach programs. The goal of the sharing was to encourage other women to utilize their potentials, take risks, and help bring about positive change for themselves and their communities.

Atty. Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chavez, Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director, expounded on the 2022 NWMC sub-theme “Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran” and the  NWMC 2017-2022 theme: “WE Make CHANGE Work for Women.” She said that the annual event serves as a venue to solidify everyone’s commitment and rally behind every Juana who aspires for gender equality. “We all have a role to play. One, is to stand up for your rights, break barriers, be pioneers of change, and empower other Juanas to make sure that discrimination is eradicated,” said Atty. Yuzon-Chavez.

The event concluded with onsite participation in the Eucharistic Celebration at St. Augustine Cathedral.

Other RGADC-X-wide major activities of the 2022 women’s celebration for the whole month of March include outreach programs, video contests, GAD quiz bee, and culmination program. The RGADC-X members are encouraged to conduct agency-specific activities to give tribute to their women personnel and to offer direct services, transactions, and products to the public, as part of their mandated functions.