The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region I (EMB Region I ) through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) actively joined the 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration under the theme of “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”

EMB Region I gave full support to the recommended activities of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) such as Hanging of Women’s Month Streamer and procurement of Women’s Month Advocacy Shirt and Advocacy Facemask. The Women’s Month Advocacy Shirts and Facemasks were worn by all EMB-Region I employees, including the Provincial Environmental Management Units (PEMUs) and Environmental Monitoring Officers (EnMOs) for Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte on all Mondays of March to show support for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

EMB-Region I is also an active member of the Region 1 Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE 1) and participated in the series of Women’s Month activities organized by RAGE Region I such as the Women’s Month Kick Off Ceremony on March 10, 2021, Talks with the Youth on March 17, 2021, and Region-Wide Virtual Culminating Ceremony of the 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration-cum-Orientation on RA 6725 and COVID–19 Vaccine on March 31, 2021.

EMB-I Regional Director, Engr. Maria Dorica Naz–Hipe, also sponsored Zumba workout sessions for DENR-Region I personnel on March 5 and 18, 2021 at the DENR-I Lobby, Government Center, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The PCW extended their appreciation to EMB Region I for joining the 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration and signifying support for gender equality and women’s empowerment through a post on their official Facebook page.

The 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration serves as a tribute, a platform, and a call to action that highlights the extraordinary roles of ordinary Juanas in the society as trailblazers and harbingers of change. This celebration is also a venue to discuss and address the issues that women continue to face so empowerment can be fully achieved. The campaign is also a call for concrete, sustainable, and inclusive actions towards gender equality.

This year’s campaign is different from the previous ones because it is set in the COVID-19 pandemic backdrop, which posed both challenges and opportunities for women. Hence, this year’s observance highlights women’s participation in battling the pandemic as well as discusses gender issues exacerbated by the pandemic. It is the time to delve deep into the gender issues that emerged or become more felt during the health crisis, feature women who thrived despite the circumstances, and share support systems and government programs that address women’s issues and concerns.