By: Engr. Edgardo A. Bravo

As we bid farewell to National Women’s Month 2024, it’s time to reflect on the series of meaningful events that took place throughout March. Despite facing various challenges, the celebration was filled with insightful discussions, empowering seminars, and inspiring activities aimed at recognizing the invaluable contributions of women in our society.

The opening of the National Women’s Month Virtual Celebration on March 4, marked the beginning of a month-long tribute to women’s achievements. With 74 female attendees among a total of 198, the event was held simultaneously at the COA RO III’s Training Room and in the respective Provincial Satellite Audit Offices in Region III, setting a positive tone for the rest of the month.

National Women's Month 2024 Opening - COA Region III officials and employees attended the event virtually at the Regional Office and at all of its six Provincial Satellite Offices (PSAOs)

One of the highlights of the celebration was the Livelihood Seminar on Basic Appliance Servicing held on March 5. Although attended by a smaller group which includes 11 female participants, the seminar provided valuable skills and knowledge to empower women in pursuing economic opportunities.

The webinars about Updates on Recruitment and Promotion Policies, Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and Leave Policies and Systems on March 12 and 13, emphasized the importance of some of the policies and systems in the Regional Office focusing on the career advancement and welfare of every personnel.

Furthermore, the Gender and Development (GAD) Film Showing event on March 19, attracted significant attention, with 53 dynamic women among the 144 participants. The film “Retirada” showcased the strength and resilience of women, serving as a source of inspiration for all.

Another notable event was the Cybersecurity Awareness session on March 20, which saw eight female participants among the total 38 attendees. In today’s digital age, empowering women with knowledge about cybersecurity is crucial for their safety and well-being online.

As we conclude Women’s Month, let us not forget the symbolic flag-raising ceremony held on March 18, 2024. This event underscored the invaluable contributions of women to every family, echoing the sentiment of Billy Joel’s song “She’s Always a Woman”.

As we look forward to the future, let us continue to celebrate and honor the existence and contributions of women not just in the month of March, but every day. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable society where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.