CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA- The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Region III is set to celebrate National Women’s Month through Gender and Development (GAD) and Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) activities that address women’s issues and concerns.

POPCOM III Regional Director Lourdes P. Nacionales states that the celebration, which still adopts the theme “We Make Change Work for Women,” recognizes women’s significant nation-building contributions. She also mentioned that with the ongoing pandemic, this year’s celebration aims to empower women as it highlights women’s participation in battling COVID-19 and discusses gender issues worsened by the pandemic.  

Highlighting the region’s celebration is the conduct of Kalalakihang Tapat sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya (KATROPA) among TODA drivers, wheelers and vendors association within SACOP, all under the informal economy-special population groups. According to RD Nacionales, men play a crucial role in women’s empowerment, thus mobilizing them as partners of women in molding the future and total wellbeing of their families by actively participating in family planning and responsible parenting, especially during health crises. The said activity is scheduled for March 17, 2021, at POPCOM Region III grounds. 

The agency will also conduct Family Planning Outreach Program, which is in-line with PCW advocacy campaign #SerbisyoParaKayJuana. The program will include provision of free family planning services, such as bilateral tubal ligation and vasectomy, which will be made available throughout the year. RD Nacionales states that family planning over the years has given women the freedom to choose and control their lives. It gives them a chance for better health and participation in productive opportunities to explore their potential. The first FP Outreach is set on March 24-26 in Botolan, Zambales.

The agency will also reproduce Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials designed to educate and mainstream gender with different GAD concepts. In a statement, RD Nacionales said access to information regarding policies on women, programs, and gender-responsive projects is still limited, thus the real need for a better way of information dissemination.  

Other activities of the region for women’s Month include hanging of NWM streamers, partaking in various women’s month online advocacies, providing technical support to Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) forums conducting demand generation activities.

Women’s month’s observance is pursuant to several proclamations and legislation, specifically Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declaring the first week of March each year as Women’s Week. Other laws include Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 providing the observance of search as Women’s Role in History Month and Republic Act 6949 s. 1990 declaring March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day, among others. 

Press Release No.PR-2021-03Release Date:March 9, 2021