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Women saluted by DOLE-7


Cebu City, Philippines. As the whole nation unites to salute, pay tribute to, and honor women, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 7 (DOLE-7) puts forward the strength and empowerment of every single woman regardless of age, status, preferences, affiliations, and orientations. 

The unveiling of the DOLE-7’s Gender and Development (GAD) Corner yesterday signaled the start of the Region’s month-long celebration of the National Women’ Month. While Regional Labor and Employment Director Salome O. Siaton highlighted the features of the Corner, she also gave premium to the value and contributions of every woman in the country, in the community and in each respective family. 

“Every woman has a very vital role to play wherever she is planted by God. May it be as a leader, as a housewife, as a worker, as an employer, as a sister, or as a mother, among many other things,” said Siaton as she formally opened the Department’s month-long celebration. Topping all off, she added, behind every successful man, there is a woman. 

The GAD Corner has a separate coffee table apart from the usual Public Assistance Desk, where all women-clients are accommodated and provided with special treats. 

The new DOLE-7 Head continued on underscoring the importance of a woman especially of a mother in every household guiding each child as he grows up into a kind of citizen, who is productive and generative in the community and in the country as a whole. 

“I personally want this celebration to transcend beyond what is considered conventional and what society normally expects from a woman. Sometimes, it is when women deviate from and do not conform to what societal standards and norms usually require that they begin to feel empowered individuals,” added Siaton, who admitted that being a woman leading a big region like DOLE-7 is already in itself something that would test a woman’s worth in a field that is mostly dominated by men. 


According to Assistant Regional Director Lilia A. Estillore, the celebration of the National Women’s Month does not signal any competition between the female and male genders. 

“This celebration just reinforces the fact that women, with all their potentials, talents and capabilities, complement with men. There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise. And if all women would be putting their acts together for a common cause, most definitely, nothing, not even bullying could shatter them apart,” she said. 

Apart from the unveiling of its GAD Corner, the DOLE-7 also showcased its women-livelihood beneficiaries in a livelihood fair whereby an array of goodies and products are exhibited for sale. 

Chief Maria Nancy Z. Abad of the Technical Support Services Division-Employment Workers’ Welfare (TSSD-EWW) said that the DOLE-7 closely coordinated with the University of San Carlos-Kapamilya Negosyo Na (USC-KNN, Inc.), which is one of the Department’s accredited co-partners (ACPs) in the implementation of its Livelihood Program. 

“We have 19 women-exhibitors from the USC-KNN, who are participating in the livelihood fair every Monday just at the ground floor of the DOLE-7 Building. We are inviting everyone to visit them and patronize their products,” she said. Exhibitors, who are all beneficiaries of the DOLE’s Livelihood Program are selling cakes, pastries, kakanin, peanut butter, pan bisaya, siomai, herbal liniments, soap, detergent bars, chicharon, healthy drinks, dried danggit, and many more. 

Learning Sessions also formed part of the celebration, which would run every Monday for the entire month along with the livelihood fair. Topics given premium would include the following, namely: Salient Features of R.A. 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act (VAWC); RA.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women; and R.A. 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act. 

On 29 March 2019, the DOLE-7 would culminate the celebration through a Eucharistic Mass and another activity dubbed as “Pahalipay sa Mga Kababayen-an.” 

“Our special treats for women - employees of the DOLE-7 and its walk-in women-clients - are not limited to providing them just coffee, biscuits and candies. During the culminating activity, we will be pampering them with an array of free massage, manicure/pedicure, and haircut services at the DOLE’s Activity Center,” said Ma. Teresa D. Tanquiamco, one of the members of the Regional GAD Focal Point System (FPS). 

This would be done through the assistance of Cebu City’s Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) or Public Employment Service office (PESO-Cebu City).






For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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