The National Irrigation Administration - Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (NIA-JRMP II) celebrated the 2019 Women’s Month with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women” as part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day (IWD). It highlighted the empowerment of Women as active contributors and claimholders of development. This pursuit of development is also anchored on the commitment of “Malasakit at Pagbabago” or Compassion and Real Change. The theme emphasized that women should be active drivers in bringing about positive changes, and they should also reap from fruits of development efforts.
Several activities were conducted by Gender and Development (GAD) of JRMP II in the whole month of March. It included Zumba Exercise every Wednesday and Friday, and, Circuit Training every Tuesday and Thursday. NIA-JRMP II also scheduled a Laboratory Test/Check-up for employees in cooperation with Medicus Diagnostic Center which gave the employees 20% discount in all tests conducted.
One of the highlights of the activity was the viewing of a movie titled “Boses” by Erasto Films (Pelikulove) with Mr. Erben B. Cardiente as resource speaker during the discussion. The film “Boses” depicted the life of a child that despite of the abuse of his father and incapacity to speak, he still strive and develop his passion and let this fondness become his weapon to conquer his greatest fear, his father.
There was also a Symposium on HIV AIDS Awareness with the Regional STI/HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Program Coordinator, Mr. Adrian Hort D. Ramos. It was a serious yet very informative discussion tackling the difference of HIV and AIDS. He emphasized the need for people to be knowledgeable and open-minded in the prevention of the disease and in dealing with those who are infected.
There were also lucky winners of whole body massage announced on the last day of the month-long activity.
The GAD Focal Point System is looking forward for a more gender sensitive and responsive activities and facilities for JRMP II. /JP Chrisha Haro