The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) conducted on March 8 a coastal clean-up and planting activity in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s Month.
With a contingent of around 60 employees, composed mainly of women, the PIA went to the coastal area in Barangay Sucol in Calamba City and initiatied a mass clean-up of the vicinity.
In coordination with the barangay leaders and with the cooperation of the barangay folks, PIA employees were able to dispose of more than ten sacks of trash scattered around the coast of Laguna Lake.
The clean-up activity is one way of rehabilitating the environment including the country’s bodies of water which are a rich source of fish and other seafoods that are a staple food among Filipinos.
The Laguna Lake is also an important source of income for fisherfolks residing within the area.
After the clean-up activity, the PIA contingent went to a nearby farm in Brgy. Sucol, also in Calamba and conducted a planting activity.
This year’s Women’s Month theme is “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility”. The theme underscores the role of women as powerful agents of change in disaster risk prevention and reduction.
The annual celebration of Women’s Month is provided for under Presidential Proclamation Nos. 224 and 227 which declared March of every year as Women’s Month, and the first week of March as Women’s Week and March 8 as Women’s Rights and International Peace Day, respectively. Likewise, Republic Act 6949 has declared March 8 as National Women’s Day and the whole month of March as Women’s Role in History Month.
The celebration, which is led by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), formerly the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, generally aims to help build gender-responsive resilient communities that are responsible and accountable, and prepared for any disaster.
It specifically hopes to raise awareness of national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations, and communities on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and gender issues; generate LGU commitment for the preparation and implementation of gender-responsive DRR; and encourage women participation in government programs geared to disaster preparedness and building resilient communities using government’s budget.