DHSUD Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario, along with the department’s senior officials, spearheads the opening ceremony of the International Women’s Month at the Central Office Auditorium on Monday. The housing czar highlighted the importance of women in nation-building, as well as in government-led efforts in combatting the adverse effects  of the COVID-19 pandemic.

QUEZON CITY – The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) on Monday formally kicked off the celebration for this year’s National Women’s Month, with the housing agency slated to hold a series of activities throughout March to mark the significant event.

With the theme “We Make Change Happen for Women” focusing on “Juana Laban sa Pandemya, Kaya!,” the celebration aims to support the national advocacy on gender equality and women empowerment, as well as highlight women’s participation in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today, we salute and honor our strong women who play an important role in nation-building, those who lead us, and those who support us, not only as a member of DHSUD or the government workforce, but as wives, mothers and sisters, daughters and friends – women who give us strength, inspiration and direction – our anchors, our guide, our partners and the wind beneath our wings. On behalf of all of the men of DHSUD, I thank you,” DHSUD Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario said in his message.

The month-long activities are meant to inform and engage women stakeholders of government programs and services, create and facilitate platforms to discuss good practices, gaps, challenges and commitments in pursuing gender and development as well as inspire and empower women to be agents of change.

“We, in DHSUD, shall ensure that our programs and activities contribute to achieving these objectives. This year’s celebration is a declaration of DHSUD’s GAD (Gender and Development) policy to promote and implement housing and urban development policies that will uphold, protect and empower women, and mainstream gender equality and development,” the housing czar noted.

“Like any other social issue, the quest for gender equality and women empowerment can only be achieved and will only be successful when all sectors work together. This is not a battle of sexes, but a collective fight for a more peaceful and humane environment that respects and celebrates differences and enables everyone, regardless of gender, to attain his or her full potential,” he noted.

Various committees from the department’s bureaus and services had been tapped to take the lead in different activities and programs marking Women’s Month.

A key briefing on women’s role and development was also held at the DHSUD Central Office’s auditorium following the opening ceremony. Social media campaigns promoting the celebration’s theme, meanwhile, will likewise be conducted throughout the month.

Highlighting the month-long event is the “Juana sa BALAI: Kababaihan sa Tahanan at Pamayanan,” which is a one-hour talk show that will feature several notable figures in the human settlements and urban development sector.

Among the expected resource speakers in the talk show are DHSUD Undersecretary Marylin Pintor, DHSUD Assistant Secretary Leira Buan and Subdivision and Housing Developers Association National Chairperson Rosie Tsai.

A five-part webinar series highlighting women’s role in helping the country overcome and cope up with the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will likewise be held throughout the month of March.

The closing of the curtains will be held March 29, with a ceremony honoring DHSUD women employees with special conditions and disabilities who are slated to tell tales of their trials and successes set to highlight the month-long celebration’s conclusion.

Over the years, DHSUD has been pro-active in giving emphasis on the rising unique needs of women in the workplace. The department had likewise been steadfast in upholding policies and regulations aimed at helping DHSUD’s distaff side become more successful in their multiple roles, as well as in promoting a work-life balance. (30) – CVC