Agri NorMin joins the culmination of the National Women’s Month celebration underscoring women empowerment in agriculture.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – To celebrate women empowerment in agriculture, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado culminated the National Women’s Month Celebration on March 28, 2022, in this city.

With the observance of the month of March as Women’s Role in History Month under Presidential Proclamation No. 227, Series of 1988, and with this year’s theme, “We Make Change Work For Women: Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran,” employees from DA and its attached bureaus and agencies gathered for said culmination program.

DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Carlota S. Madriaga shared, “The role of women is very diverse, they are human links between the farm and the table, providing food and nutrition as the primary caregivers to families and communities.”

Further citing that, according to studies, 60-80% of food production was contributed by women in developing countries.

The event was graced by former DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations Engr. Roxana H. Hojas, 2019 Outstanding Rural Woman awardee Imelda P. Mendoza, and 2021 Regional Young Farmers Challenge Awardee Daryl Ann M. Gonzales, all shared their experiences and contributions as women for agricultural development.

On the other hand, Atty. Neil James S. Acal, CE from Estrada and Partners Law Office, shared a lecture concerning women’s rights, particularly on Child Marriage, Annulment, and Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children.

“When we know our rights, we become more empowered. I hope that the development of agriculture through capacitated women will be more enhanced,” shared Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations Carmelita T. Bajarla, in her message, adding how women are flexible and use any change as an opportunity.

Ensuing was the conduct of a general assembly for the Department of Agriculture Women Employees Association (DAWEA) to elect a new set of officers who will be inducted on Monday, April 4. # (AMBManto)