The DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-Region I through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) headed by Regional Director, Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe, actively joined the 2022 National Womenโ€™s Month Celebration under the sub-theme of โ€œAgenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran.โ€

EMB Region I gave full support to the recommended activities of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) such as Hanging of Womenโ€™s Month Streamer and procurement of Womenโ€™s Month Advocacy Shirt and Advocacy Facemask. All EMB-Region I employees wore GAD Advocacy Shirt on all Tuesdays of March 2022 to signify their support for gender equality and womenโ€™s empowerment (GEWE). EMBโ€“I also used the allโ€“women cast Lupang Hinirang video in all their office activities during the month in compliance with PCW Memorandum Circular no. 2022โ€“01 dated February 11, 2022.

EMBโ€“I also launched the โ€œDaily Wellness Habitโ€ during the Womenโ€™s Month kickโ€“off activity on March 1, 2022. All EMB-I officials and employees from the regional office and PEMU offices join the Daily Wellness Habit at 2:30 in the afternoon via the online platform Microsoft Teams. The said activity is a daily health and wellness exercise for 15 minutes as an initiative to continually improve the health and well-being of all EMB-I personnel consistent with its Integrated Management System (IMS) certification. EMB-Region I received its Integrated Management System certification for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS), ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS) and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System from Worldwide Quality Assurance Asia Pacific (WQA APAC) on March 20, 2022 and is the first EMB office to obtain IMS certification.

EMB-I is also an active member of the Region 1 Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE 1) and participated in the series of Womenโ€™s Month activities organized by RAGE I such as the Womenโ€™s Month Kick Off Ceremony on March 8, 2022, and Region-Wide Virtual Culminating Ceremony of the 2022 National Womenโ€™s Month Celebration on March 30, 2022.

Moreover, EMBโ€“I participated in the DENR GAD Office Womenโ€™s Month activities such as Webinar on Minding Mental Health during the Pandemic: Some Practical Tips on March 16, 2022; Webinar/Orientation on RA 11313/Safe Space Act for DENR executives on March 21, 2022; Adopting a Culture of Safety and Safe Work Spaces at DENR: A Webinar for the DENR CODIs Nationwide on March 22, 2022; and Orientation on Safe Spaces Act: Applying it in the Workplace on March 29, 2022.

The 2022 National Womenโ€™s Month Celebration endeavors to highlight the gains achieved for women and girls, assess actions towards gender equality and look forward to steps that must be taken to ensure progress in empowering women.