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Two of the most empowered women in Cagayan Valley have graced the first gender and development forum of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 yesterday as part of the Women’s Month Celebration.
With the theme “Institutionalizing Women’s Rights and Protection Towards Healthy, Exceptional and Green Governance,” Vice Mayor Maria Olivia Pascual of Lal-lo, Cagayan shared the Legislative Actions in Ensuring Safe Spaces, Resilient, and Inclusive Governance Among Women and Men Residents of Lal-lo, while Dr. Ma. Raul Carmela Combate talked about empowered women leader.
Tagged as ‘Babaeng Maaasahan’ and awarded as the legislator with "Most Number of Ordinances and Resolutions Passed,” Vice Mayor Pascual is also the President of Zonta Club of Tuguegarao - a leading global organization of professionals which aims to empower women through service and advocacy and to build a better world for women.
In her talk, Vice Mayor Pascual shared how she ensured safe spaces, resiliency and inclusive governance among her constituents in Lal-lo town.
To ensure a safe community, she enacted ordinances on public safety, prohibition of carrying deadly weapons, prohibition of students and minors from entering recreational places during academic hours, and implementation of a drug-free workplace.
She also underscored how they practiced resiliency during the peak of the pandemic. “During the pandemic, we became more resilient by not only enduring the situation but how we transformed our actions,” she said.
On inclusive governance, the vice mayor shared some ordinances on how they involved the locals from children, youth, men, women and other stakeholders in their undertakings.
Dr. Combate, a well-known physician in the province of Cagayan talked about how to be an empowered woman.
According to Dr. Combate, it is important that women understand their purpose in life, how they make plans when faced with challenges and how should they treat others.
She also encouraged the participants to identify and master their type of leadership in order to empower others.
In her closing message, Director Gwendolyn Bambalan thanked the speakers for sharing their time and inspiring stories.
She reminded DENR employees that the true empowered indivuals are those who serve others. “Part of being empowered men and women is when we perform our duties well as public servants,” the regional environment chief underscored.
The forum was participated in by personnel of DENR regional and field offices, Environmental Management Bureau, and Mines and Geosciences Bureau.#