In his welcome message, Dr. Lorenzo O. Macasocol, OIC-Assistant Regional Director, acknowledged the impact made by the two powerful “Juanas” – the women at the helm of the Department of Education, namely Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones and DepEd Caraga Regional Director Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero, CESO IV.
In her inspirational message, Fetalvero articulated that the enactment of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women in 2010 has paved the way for DepEd’s pursuit of programs, projects, and activities that uphold women’s rights, welfare, and protection. “Interestingly, in its 25 years of existence, DepEd Caraga has been led by women. Of the 11 Regional Directors of DepEd Caraga, 8 are women,” she asserted.
In the morning program, Mr. Edson Alijo, a resource speaker from the Commission on Human Rights Caraga, gave a re-orientation on the Magna Carta of Women. Mr. Rosalito Libres, Caraga’s Technical Adviser on GAD-RGADC and representative from LGU– Butuan, explained the MOVE-Katropa or Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya. He clarified that it is a movement that advocates the importance of men in eliminating Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).
In the afternoon, Ms. Reann Mantilla of JPIC talked about “Cyber Safe” which focused on the ways and means to mitigate, if not eliminate, the risks and dangers of the child’s unsupervised exposure to the internet.
As part of the activity, the Regional Office employees elected a new set of officers for the Regional MOVE-Katropa. The officers were: Mr. Arvin Magsalang, President; Dr. Jumer Carlon, Vice President; Mr. Nerison Pitogo, Secretary; Mr. Jovanie Sumayo, Treasurer; Dr. Edmund Mendoza, Auditor; and Mr. Winston Eben, PIO.
This year’s Women Month’s celebration adopted the theme, “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”