FILIPINOS marked yesterday, March 8, “National Women’s Day” as mandated by Republic Act (RA) No. 6949, a landmark law aimed at promoting women empowerment.
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier urged the people to support advocacies promoting women empowerment while efforts are being exerted to ensure equal opportunities for women.
“The government recognizes the role of women in nation-building and upholding the fundamental equality before the law of both genders,” said Duterte on March 3.
He added: “This is why we are working relentlessly to ensure that they will have access to education, economic opportunities, health care and social services, and growth opportunities.”
But like other Fillipinos across this impoverished Southeast Asian nation, we share the view of the tough-talking Chief Executive from Mindanao that the work is far from over.
In the Philippines, National Women’s Month is celebrated every March as provided by Presidential Proclamation No. 227, series of 1988.
This year’s monthlong celebration focuses on the equal and active participation of women in issues concerning the environment, notably climate change, disaster risk reduction and health crisis.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) underscored the need for women’s participation in addressing the challenges emerging from climate change and health crisis.
DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information System and Climate Change Analiza Rebuelta-Teh made the statement during the kickoff ceremony celebration of National Women’s Month.
“Our women, especially those in low-income communities, are among the most affected by climate change and COVID-19 because they have limited resources and information to combat the the impacts of these crises,” said Rebuelta-Teh.
In our view, the celebration of “National Women’s Day” and “National Women’s Month” should remind the people that, as President Duterte said, “the work is far from over.“