The Environmental Management Bureau-Region I (EMB-I) family headed by Regional Director (RD) Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region Iโ€™s kick-off program for the 2021 National Womenโ€™s Month and International Womenโ€™s Day celebration on March 8, 2021 at the DENR-I Lobby, Government Center, Brgy. Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.

DENR-I Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, EMB-I RD Hipe, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-I Director Engr. Carlos A. Tayag, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services and GAD Focal Point Chairperson Leduina S. Co, and ARD for Special Concerns Engr. Socrates G. Gaerlan led the ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of the Gender and Development (GAD) Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign booth located at the main entrance of the DENR-I building.

In her message, RD Hipe recognized the significant roles of women in the society and their accomplishments through the years. โ€œWe do not only implement change but we make difference. The COVID-19 situation has really poised a challenge to us women, from the mothers to female health workers and frontliners who continue to perform their duties and responsibilities amid the COVID-19 situation,โ€ said RD Hipe.

As an active member of the Region 1 Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE-1), EMB-I will hold the โ€œZumBasura,โ€ a Zumba and cleanup activity, on March 25, 2021 along the coast of Bauang, La Union. RD Hipe also sponsored a Zumba workout for DENR-1 personnel on March 5 and 18, 2021. EMB-1 personnel will also take part in the series of activities organized by RAGE-1 for the Womenโ€™s Month celebration.

After the program, the short film entitled โ€œShaiโ€ featuring how a motherโ€™s love can make everything possible in life was shown to the DENR-1 personnel. The film won the grand prize during the short film contest launched by CNN Philippines which seeks to promote gender equality by sharing stories of women from all walks of life.

Minimum public health standards were strictly observed during the conduct of the said activity such as the use of face mask, physical distancing and frequent hand disinfection to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The 2021 National Womenโ€™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.