NIA OMIMO Celebrates Women’s Month with Inclusive Outreach Program

San Jose, Occidental MIndoro - National Women’s Month Celebration has been a yearly part of Gender and Development (GAD) activities of NIA Occidental Mindoro Irrigation Management Office (OMIMO). The GAD Focal Points System headed by Engr. Raymundo L. Calusin formulated a community-based approach to celebrate this year’s women’s month.

The initiative of GFPS members with the support of Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio M. Cervantes resulted to a successful outreach program on March 15, 2024. A total of one hundred (100) Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) comprising women, senior citizen, Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and mentally-ill detainees from Occidental Mindoro Provincial Jail Branch II in Magbay, San Jose, and San Jose District Jail in Mabini, San Jose were the chosen beneficiaries of hygiene kit.

Meanwhile, during the donation proper, checking of blood pressure was given free of charge to PDLs through the help of OMIMO Nurse I Dominic C. Santiago. This will help the PDL detect possible symptoms of hypertension, and heat stroke as the heat index in San Jose is remarkably increasing these past few days.

This activity demonstrated NIA OMIMO's commitment to a discrimination-free and inclusive environment, echoing the spirit of National Women's Month with the theme "Lipunang Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas: Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patutunayan!" (A Just Society in the New Philippines: The Capabilities of Women, Proven!). It emphasized that everyone has equal rights and responsibilities, regardless of their station in life. Therefore, PDLs should not be judged by society, but rather motivated to change and learn from their mistakes to start anew after imprisonment.

The celebration outside the agency touched the lives of PDLs, easing the loneliness they felt inside the facility. In return, they expressed their gratitude to NIA OMIMO through a card. This year's Women's Month celebration truly left a lasting impression on employees and a sense of fulfillment for providing women PDLs with the opportunity to participate. I CRA Joselle Ellijah Sapo