The Center for Gender and Development (GAD) of Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC) led the kickoff of the College’s celebration of National Women’s Month through a virtual ceremony held on March 4, 2020 via Zoom.

The celebration recommences the observance of the theme “We Make Change Work for Women” which will be used until 2022. However, this year’s focus is also set in the COVID-19 pandemic backdrop with the theme “Juana Laban sa Pandemya, Kaya!”

Dr. Charlito P. Cadag, SUC President III, opens the program with a welcome speech wherein he called attention to the role of women in the thick of a global crisis and asked everyone to “give women a chance to prove their worth.”

“Women, as I have known them, may be soft in the inside but will remain steadfast in times of storms and earthquakes in their lives,” the College President added.

Director Dennis N. Rañon of GAD also encouraged women, particularly those who suffers maltreatment, to resist violence and stand up for their rights.

“Sa mga Juanang nakararanas ng pang-aabuso, huwag kayong panghinaan ng loob. Huwag kayong matakot. Magsumbong sa kinauukulan. Ngayong Buwan ng Kababaihan, tapos na ang araw ng kahinaan, pananakit, pang-aalipusta, at panglalapastangan,” he said.

A fellow Bicolana, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo of the Republic of the Philippines, delivered a meaningful virtual message in solidarity of the celebration.

“The road ahead remains long. We still have so much to do. Today’s celebration, however, is proof of what’s possible because we are not alone. There are many of us working to build a truly better normal – one that is truly inclusive, that is truly equitable, that truly empowers women,” VP Leni shared.

A series of talks and activities are scheduled to be conducted for the whole month of March and will be participated by CSPC employees and students.