by Japhet Shem G. Naungayan, PCNHS Intern

PANABO CITY – March is the month devoted to honoring the indispensable contribution that women make to the development of global economies, society, cultures, and local communities.

Davao del Norte State College prepared a series of activities to join the celebration. Announcements regarding NWM’s goals and advocacies were highlighted during the flag-raising ceremonies every Monday in March. Employees also supported the Purple Fridays Movement, wearing shades of purple every Friday to urge visibility to the challenges faced by women and campaign for transformation toward a more inclusive society.

Gender and Development Coordinator Sadie Law-ay, together with College administrators and a representative from the Guidance Services, traveled to Hiroshima University, Japan to learn from their gender-related practices and initiatives. The delegation also attended the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) 2024 Conference on March 6 – 9, 2024.

Moreover, DNSC-GAD initiated the Community Food Pantry for students on March 14-20 to alleviate nutrition-related hurdles of the students. The same office also facilitated a talk on Navigating Midlife Crisis on March 21.

Women employees enjoyed the “Serbisyo para kay Juana: Libreng Gupit para sa Crown of Beauty”, encouraging them to feel and look their best in their households and workplaces. This year’s theme – Lipunang Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas; Kakayahan ng Kababaaihan, Patunayan! – amplifies the roles, contributions, and skills of women in national and societal development.