The Provincial Gender and Development Office (PGAD) under Ofelia M. Palayan and more than a hundred women banded together to celebrate and express solidarity with the province-wide fiesta, Niyogyugan Festival, last August 16 in the Audio Visual Room of the Quezon Convention Center.
The program was attended by women from all over the province: women hailing from the municipalities Real, Infanta, General Nakar, Calauag, Mauban, Lopez, as well as Lucena City, Pagbilao, Sariaya, Padre Burgos, Macalelon, San Francisco and Tayabas City.
Gender Responsive Economic Actions for Transformation (GREAT) was launched by PGAD for Women Economic Empowerment, and was attended by different agencies, like the Department of Trade and Industry headed by Dir. Marcy Alcantara, the Department of Science and Technology represented by Dir. Girlie Jawili, Michael Regaza for Pag-Ibig Fund, Sharyll Ortiz for PhilHealth, Lanie Fontarum for St. Jude Cooperative, and Loredee Unson for TESDA to name a few. These people showed their desire to better the communities and the statuses of women through additional knowledge for their right to equality and helping them create livelihood to sustain themselves.
DOST and DTI expressed their support through the faster registration of merchandise or companies, as well as the mechanical equipment they may need to establish their livelihood. St. Jude Cooperative also extended their will to help financially those who would like to sign up for membership and set up a business of their own.
According to Philhealth, they will focus on the health of women, while additional funding for business and other related loans are offered by Pag-Ibig Fund. TESDA also offered free training for women as well as other members of their family who wishes to study but do not have the financial capability to do so.
In accordance to the Niyogyugan Festival theme, the program put emphasis on merchandise that could be created from materials that originate from coconut trees.
Quezon Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez, through the person of his Executive Assistant Diony Rodolfa, thanked everyone who came to the event.
Rodolfa reiterated what the good governor said during his State of the Province Address, about the importance the latter put in achieving development and improvement of Quezon, as well as all of the women who reside in the province. (QUEZON PIO)