The month of March served as an opener for the capping off of the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) six-year recurring theme of “WE Make CHANGE Work for Women,” which aims to assess gender equality and ensure a steady progress in the efforts of empowering women nationwide.

In line with this, the Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity Board – National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) heeded the call on various government agencies and stakeholders to take an active part in continuing to build upon the nation’s achievements in gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE).

Throughout the month of March, the Board engaged in several activities that strengthen the value placed on the female population wherein women take the center stage—highlighting their feats and notable contributions to society.

RTWPB-NCR’s opening activity for Women’s Day on March 8, 2022 was led by Jackilyn Borja and Froi Angelique Romance as they shared a presentation and facilitated engaging activities featuring iconic females across all generations. Said session served as an inspiration and reminder of women’s valuable role in both personal and societal development.

In addition, RTWPB-NCR launched additional activities for the month of March in line with the objectives and focus of 2022 NWMC (National Women’s Month Celebration) such as GAD (Gender and Development) agenda setting, displaying a banner of support, and showcasing films that chronicle the struggles and eventual triumph of women against gender bias and stereotype.

Moreover, as one of the highlights of the GAD initiatives of the Office, the Board invited a certified mental health professional, Gabriel Exequiel G. Paras, LPT, CMHFR as a resource speaker on a webinar entitled, “A Person is a Tripartite Being: The Exigency of Saving Faith in the Era of Neutralization and Moral Dissipation.” The topic mainly discussed how the pandemic has had a major effect on the lives of people around the world particularly regarding mental health and the ability to cope with the daily struggles of life. Consequently, the empowering session centered on a holistic approach, involving a person’s tripartiality comprising of body, soul, and spirit, towards mental wellness and a more resilient outlook on life.

To further commemorate the significance of the said event, RTWPB-NCR wore purple on all Tuesdays of March in participation to the #PurpleTuesdays movement.

END / Ivann Archie O. Arintok