Representing DA, ASec for Agribiz and Marketing, Kristine Y. Evangelista emphasizes the significance of women in nation building, particularly their potential contribution in boosting the agri-fishery sector during the Serbisyo para kay Juana National Convergence in line with the Women’s Month celebration in CdeO City.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The agriculture department in Northern Mindanao (DA-10) took part in the Serbisyo para kay Juana National Convergence in celebration of the Women’s Month in Cagayan de Oro City.
In support, DA-10 distributed 1,020 packets of 5-in-1 assorted vegetable seeds amounting to P132,600 in three variants: pinakbet, chopsuey, and sinigang to the participants on Thursday, March 25.
Beneficiaries include women’s organizations, ranging from farmers, solo parents, senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), indigenous people (IPs), City Scholarship parents, and community drug rehabilitation program recipients.
In her speech, DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing, Kristine Y. Evangelista emphasized the significance of women in nation building, particularly their potential contribution in boosting the agri-fishery sector.
Brigida Ossa Cadiz, president of Solo Parents Association of barangay Iponan said, “Dako kaayo among pasalamat sa DA sa paglakip kanamong mga solo parent nga makadawat niining assistance ug pagrekognisar kanamong mga babaye isip kabahin sa katilingban nga sa among pagkamahuyang mamahimo namo kining hinagiban nga mubarug para sa among pamilya sa abot sa among makaya.”
[We are very thankful to DA for including us solo parents to receive [seeds] assistance and for also recognizing us women as part of the society that despite our vulnerabilities we can use this [intervention] as a tool in providing for our respective families to the best of our ability.]
The activity served as an avenue to tackle issues affecting women which calls for tangible actions towards gender equality.
The convergence initiative is in support to whole-of-government approach thru the Office of Senator Lawrence Go, together with partner cluster agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
Proclamation No. 227 provides for the observance of the Month of March as “Women’s Role in History Month”. # (JCAnito)