Bulacan gov’t highlights important roles, contributions of ‘Juanas’ on Women’s Month

Published March 2, 2021, 6:07 PM

by Freddie Velez

Joining the country in the observance of the Women’s Month this March, the provincial government of Bulacan today highlights the important roles and contributions of “Juanas” in society especially in this time of the pandemic.

With the theme, “Women Breaking Limitations Amidst Pandemic,” this year’s campaign of the provincial government aims to honor the invaluable efforts, determination, and diligence of strong-willed Bulakenyas who thrived and rose amidst the pandemic in order to serve and help others.

It also encourages participating agencies and stakeholders to hang the official 2021 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) banner in front of their offices and to circulate information materials on their respective online platforms.

To show support for the call for women’s empowerment and gender equality, everyone is requested to wear anything with a shade of purple. In his message, Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando expressed his admiration and gratitude to women as active doers as the province continuously battles against COVID-19.

“Ako po ay nagpapaabot ng paghanga, pasasalamat at pagkilala sa lahat ng kababaihan, lalo na sa ating mga ipinagmamalaking Kababaihang Bulakenyo. Nasaksihan natin kung gaano kalaki ang ambag ng ating mga kababaihan sa ating pagharap sa pandemiyang COVID-19. Sa ating pagdiriwang ng Women’s Month ngayong taon, muling ipinapaalala sa atin ang lakas ng kababaihan bilang isang mahalagang salik sa matatag na bansa (I’m sending an appreciation, gratitude, and acknowledgment to all women, particularly to the proud Bulakenyas. We have witnessed how women largely contribute while we face the COVID-19 pandemic. In our celebration of Women’s Month this year, we are being reminded of the strength of women as one of the important parts of a stable country),” the governor said.

The Provincial Women’s Commission will also conduct a webinar on Project No Touch of Soroptimist International for Grade 6 and 7 students of St. Michael School of Marilao on March 12. The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) will also conduct an online forum series entitled “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!” that will be streamed live on PCW’s Facebook page throughout the month. PCW also encourages netizens to join their online advocacy by using the hashtags #MyWonderJuana, #MySuperJuan, and #JuanaSays to feature a minute story of inspiring women and men. 

According to Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988, the first week of March each year is declared as Women’s Week and 8th of March as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day while Republic Act 6949 s. 1990 declares March 8 as National Women’s Day.