Women Empowerment in Jalaur Project

“We make change work for women”. This is the theme of this year’s National Women’s Month celebration.

Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) joined the annual celebration through series of activities for women empowerment on March 8, 2017 at the RIM’s Quarter, NIA Compound, Jaro, Iloilo City.

One of the highlights of the said celebration is the symposium on parenting and motherhood with Ms. Marie Leslie Garrido as the resource speaker. She emphasized that in today’s era, women hold very significant roles in the society, from politics to the corporate world. Women these days are empowered unlike before.

Despite the title of the said activity which focuses on parenting and motherhood, Garrido also addressed the single women of the group. She encouraged them to be vision-oriented and to focus on making themselves better, not on the problems which life brings them.

“We should be able to proclaim ourselves. God never sees a failure, only a champion in you”, Garrido said.

As for the participants who are already mothers, she told them that parenthood does not only mean providing for the needs of the children. It also comes with many other responsibilities, even the responsibility of letting them go.

“Parenting is a journey of letting go. Children are given to us with a purpose and each child has his/her own right time to be himself/herself”, Garrido emphasized.

It is not always that a parent or a mother should wear the controller’s hat or the attitude of dominating the lives of their children. As the child grows, he/she should be given the chance to explore and learn life on his/her own. They need to learn and mothers should know when to step back.

Participants were also given the chance to ask questions and share their experiences as mothers and daughters.

Zumba fitness dance and medical check-up for women were also parts of the whole day celebration.

During the Zumba fitness dance at 7:00 in the morning, participants moved to the beat of the different upbeat music following the steps of the dance instructor. It lasted for more than an hour which was enough to make the participants sweat and loosen their tensed muscles.

The said fitness activity was to ensure women employees’ health consciousness despite their busy schedules. The project encourages women to be in shape and active and be competitive in their respective line of work.

For the entire morning of the same day, there was also physical check up with Dr. Daisy Battad-Solon, Obstetrician Gynecologist of St. Paul’s Hospital who rendered free service for JRMP II women employees.

As of writing, JRMP II has two women division heads and has around 130 women employees working in different fields, from technical to institutional.

The day was a treat to the women employees of the first large-scale irrigation project in the Visayas and Mindanao which has the goal to utilize the potential of the Jalaur River for multi-purpose benefit and enhance the lives of the Ilonggos especially the farmers. / Flordalie L. Pagente, PRO I