(Metro Manila, Philippines) The Women’s Month Celebration in the Philippines has provided a time to honor women’s accomplishments and to discuss women empowerment in any organization. With the presentation of a new recurring theme for the year 2023 to 2028: WE for gender equality and inclusive society, it also aims to increase understanding of women’s rights and efforts for gender equality.

The significant contributions of women in the society are truly remarkable. Their unwavering commitment has significant impact and deserved to be recognized, such as this particular female who dedicated her life to be of service as a public servant.

Ms. Rowena S. Dayrit, or dearly called “Ma’am Wena,” has been in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for 37 years. She started working at the Bureau of Women and Young Workers (BWYW) where she performed different functions concerning working women, youth and children, including the preparation of project proposals, conduct of monitoring visits, and facilitation of activities. Wena remained committed with the performance of her duties at the Bureau for 25 promising years. By the virtue of an executive order, the DOLE Rationalization Plan assumed the merger of BWYW and the former Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW) which led to the creation of which is now the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns or BWSC. This opened further opportunities for Wena and by the year 2011, she joined the DOLE-National Capital Region’s Technical Support and Services Division – Labor Relations/Labor Standards (TSSD-LRLS). Some of the Labor Relations Program being handled by Wena at TSSD-LRLS are Workers’ Organizational Development Program (WODP) and Tripartism Program. She is also in charge of coordinating with the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR).

Ms. Rowena S. Dayrit, or dearly called “Ma’am Wena,” (center) has been in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for 37 years.

Teaching was her first love. Wena admitted that she dreamt of becoming a teacher like her two siblings. But later on, she decided to go on a different direction and be like her other sister, whom she admired and had great influence on her. She took up a bachelor’s degree program in Banking and Finance at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Thereafter, she decided to be of service to the public and joined the BWYW.

Many may have not known that Wena is a caring, thoughtful and above all, God-fearing person. In fact, the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 is one of her go-to scriptures when she feels overwhelmed by the things happening in her life.

These untoward moments made her to appreciate every experience—living one day at a time. She looks forward to her retirement few years from now so she can spend more time with her sister overseas together with her mother.

Wena have been acting both as an individual contributor and a team member while taking on leadership roles. This enabled her to demonstrate how important it is to be inclusive when working with people. The 37 years of service is a true testimony of her commitment to DOLE. Her valuable contributions made over the years and loyalty towards this organization truly deserved to be honored.

END / Grace Laurente and Patricia Lorica