“Women leadership in environmental protection activities must be recognized ” says DENR IX In-Charge for the Office of the Regional Executive Director and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Ronald D. Gadot as he addressed the audience during the culminating program earlier today March 31, 2022 for the National Women’s Month (NWM) celebration with the theme “Women Make Change Amidst Climate Crisis and Covid 19”.
The blended face to face and virtual program was held at the conference room of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Norte and was graced by Director Gadot, PENR Officer of Zamboanga del Norte Cidur S. Julsadjiri, CENR Officer of Siocon Rey Jalandoni, CENR Officer of Manukan George Laolao, RSCIG Chief Roservirico A. Tan, Regional Gender and Development (GAD) focal person Leah Ann Naces, Forester Cecilia Asuncion, eNGP PO and CBFM Women Presidents, personnel from the regional office, PENRO Zamboanga del Norte, CENRO Siocon and Manukan as well as other GAD focal persons from different DENR IX field offices.
The special program was aimed to recognize the important role of women leaders in climate change mitigation and disaster risk prevention from Peoples Organizations(POs) in Region IX who are beneficiaries under the Expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) and Community Based Forest Management (CBFM).
Thus, the highlight of the event was the awarding of certificates of appreciation to 29 eNGP PO women presidents and 1 CBFM chairwoman who have given their invaluable effort in making DENR projects in their individual communities a success. Nine (9) of the recipients came from the province of Zamboanga del Norte, eight ( from Zamboanga Sibugay Province and thirteen (13) from Zamboanga del Sur. Along with the certificates, grocery items were also given to the awardees.
"These women leaders are the silent players and unsung heroes in climate change mitigation and disaster risk prevention efforts. Despite great odds in a world of men, they have emerged as empowered individuals able to lead and steer their followers towards success in rehabilitating forest lands by planting trees", Director Gadot said.
Director Gadot added that DENR IX is committed to promote and recognize the role of women in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources through its mainstreamed gender and development (GAD) program and activities.