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Kasambahays honored during Women’s Month Culmination

Cebu City, Philippines.Ako ra man ang mu-alaga sa akong mga amo kanunay, pero karong adlawa kay ako ang gi-alagaan. Malipayon ko nga naka-ari ko sa DOLE para ani nga selebrasyon sa Women’s Month [I am the one who often takes care of my employers, but today I was the one who was taken care of. I’m happy that I was able to come to DOLE for the Women’s Month Celebration],” said Rona Pedro, one of the “kasambahays” (house helpers) who enjoyed the pampering day of the DOLE’s Culmination of the National Women’s Month 2019.

The event was attended by female “kasambahays” from depressed areas in Cebu City who enjoyed the games, raffle prizes, and free services – including massage therapy, manicure and pedicure, among others – from fourteen (14) trainees of the Department of Manpower, Development and Placement (DMDP), a training center accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“First time to nako mutrabaho, pero naningkamot ko bisag bata pa ko ato kay kinahanglan naay mapangitaan ug kwarta [It was my first time to work, but I persevered even though I was still young because I needed to look for income],” said Pedro, a resident of Pardo, Cebu City.

Now, Pedro is back in the City and is in her third year of working as a caregiver in Consolacion. She decided to come home as she thought it was better to be with her parents and siblings rather than in a faraway place.

At 29 years old, Pedro has been a kasambahay for twelve (12) years. She has not lost hope that she will still be able to continue her studies in the future.

DOLE 7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton emphasized how the month-long celebration aimed at focusing on going beyond the societal norms that stereotyped women who should break free from conventional concepts in order to fully exemplify their roles as individuals.

During the culminating celebration, Assistant Regional Director Lilia Estillore then highlighted the importance of women as the “heart” that is essential in society. She also stressed that women should be upholding the dignity that deserves respect being the giver of life which they nurture, care, and protect.

Beneficiaries of the University of San Carlos-Kapamilya Negosyo Na (USC-KNN, Inc.), one of the Department’s accredited co-partners also showcased their products during the Livelihood Beneficiaries’ Fair that ran for the whole month of March at the Ground Floor of the DOLE 7 Building, said Chief Maria Nancy Z. Abad of the Technical Support Services Division-Employment Workers’ Welfare (TSSD-EWW).

The culminating activity was dubbed “Pahalipay Sa Mga Kababayen-an: Pampering Women Workers of DOLE and Clients” and was held at the DOLE 7 Activity Center.

Rev. Fr. Ric Anthony A. Reyes, in his homily during the thanksgiving mass described how God created the woman. “Without her, man would just be lonely despite all the paradise offered him. Woman is a completion of creation and should thus be honored and respected,” he said.

 

End// Antoinette O. Marquito, Administrative Aide VI 

 

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

 

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2019-04-04
SALOME O. SIATON
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