BAGUIO CITY, March 9 (PIA) -- “In making positive change work for women, let us simplify our expectations and goals and let us start doing it now.”
Retired Municipal Trial Court Judge Delilah Muñoz stressed in her keynote message during the Kababaihan Festival at the PFVR Gym here on Thursday in celebration Women’s Month and International Women’s Day.
Muñoz, in quoting the Women’s Month theme of “We Make Change Work For Women”, outlined that the role of women in this fast- changing time has evolved from their traditional roles. There are now women professionals, public officials, heads and chiefs of offices and businesswomen, who are at the same time mothers and devoted wives to their husbands. This she said is made possible through support from the government, society, families and the men in their lives.
With women empowerment a constant challenge, Muñoz advised both women and men not to compete with each other, but rather complement each other and support and take care of each other. With gender and development already in place in the government system, change for the better is not difficult to achieve.
Change should always be for the better, for improvement for enhancement and for the good not only of the doer but for everyone else or at least for the good of as many as possible, she added.
With success often equated with achievements such as professional degrees, financial stability, medals and honors, Muñoz advised that to make change (towards success) work for women and men, too, there is a need to simplify the goals and expectations and make it specific and realistic for it to be measurable and achievable.
She also advised people to be creative, interactive, resourceful, joyful, be love itself and be the positive change needed in their home, work, community, in this country and in this world.
In working toward success, Munoz challenge everyone not to just say or talk, wish or hope and intend or plan to do things but instead do it now and make it happen.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Congressman Mark Go, in their respective messages in the same program, expressed their greetings and gratitude to all women and highlighted their valuable contribution as wives, as mothers and as community builders.
Highlighting the Kababaihan Festival was the annual awarding of Outstanding Women Leaders of Baguio. These year’s awardees were Phillian Weygan Allan for spiritual and socio – political leadership; Flora Balaba for highlighting the rights of senior citizens; Elizabeth Mamanglo for upliftment of women and family through cooperativism; Jocelyn Mariano for Cooperativism, and Sonia Gonzales Mina for Organizational Management.
Following the program was the International Women’s Day parade participated by city officials, OWL awardees, barangay women’s group and representatives of various regional line agencies. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)