WOMEN POWER. Dr. Aida A. Dianela, the keynore speaker, together with Ma. Rosella Taraya, the Provincial Social Welfare Officer joins PNP Women during the National Women’s Month Celebration.
In his message during the opening program of the celebration of National Women’s Month, Governor Joseph C. Cua highlighted the great things that women can accomplish in today’s time.
The local chief executive added that women will always play a significant part in our society that is why empowering them will enable them to meaningfully engage with other development sectors.
“I believe that there is no limit to the greatness that women can accomplish which is why I look forward to the day that every Catandunganon women is empowered,” he added
In her keynote speech, Dr. Aida A. Dianela, the President of the Girl Scout of the Philippines-Catanduanes, shared how women changed from generation to generation. She emphasized that the women in the past have always been pictured as soft, sacrificing, subservient, and submissive. “The weaker sex ika nga,” she added.
Later in her message she said that women today are different, particularly the millennial. It is because of their sense of independence and authentic energy that drives them to go through any travails in life.
“Like workers in a vineyard, we will continue working and we will not stop until every bit of oil is extracted from the olives, and every drop of wine have been taken from the grapes,” she said closing her speech.
The celebration held last March 5, 2018 was spearheaded by the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) in cooperation with Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, attended by women from different line agencies and offices in the province.
In his welcome remarks, Provincial Board Member Vincent Villaluna, the chairman of the Committee on Women, Family, Disabled and Elderly said that the essence of being a woman is not just being able to bear a child and bring life, it is rather about being proud of your identity and being proud of who they are as a woman of today.
PBM Villaluna proved his statement by recognizing the women in uniform and government employees.
“It’s a celebration of womanhood, celebration of who you are and what defines you as a woman and that is one of the greatest things that is happening right now; how you are able to revolutionize the essence of women in our world and our society, in our province and our country,” he said.
In her message, Vice-Governor Shirley Abundo said that it is not easy to be an empowered woman. She explained that it should not always be in the mind but it should also come with believing in one’s self that you can.
“I have each and every day to fight the inner demon within me at sabihin sa sarili ko na kaya ko, kasi kung hindi ko sasabihin sa sarili ko na kaya ko hindi po ako makakaharap sainyo ngayon,” she said motivating her fellow women.
She also reiterated the homily of Reverent Father Randy de Quiros during the thanksgiving mass, she said that women should not think that they are greater than men, instead they should always remember to complement with each other to maintain a harmonious relationship with one another.
Vice-Governor Abundo also commended the effort of the Provincial Local Government (PLGU) and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) for a more innovated celebration compared to the past celebrations.
Following the short program, the Governor’s Office and PSWDO, in partnership with Reyes Haircutters, Evegate Salon, TESDA, Eaesthetica Face and Body Care Clinic, and Giememz Wellness Hub held the GIRLY TIME PAMPERING DAY, a one-day free services including free spa, free facial, free haircut and other services for the women.
“We want our women to feel special. We want them to know that we value their hard work. And this is their time to rest”, Ma. Rosella N. Taraya, the Provincial Social Welfare Officer added.
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