(Left photo) New DENR-I Regional Gender and Devleopmetn (GAD) Focal Point Chairperson Mary Ann N. Escoto welcomes DENR-I Key Officials and selected employees during the National Women's Month Celebration Program and GAD Photo Booth Launching; (Right photo) Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo as he recognizes the women's contributions in the agency's accomplishments.


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) celebrated the National Women’s Month 2022 with this year’s theme: “We Make CHANGE Work for Women.” To cap the six- year recurring theme, this year 2022 will on the sub- theme: “Women make change amidst Climate Crisis and Covid-19.” The National Women’s Month celebration was held at the DENR- I Regional Office, Government Center, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union on March 8, 2022.

This year’s sub- theme emphasizes on women exercising their choices taking chances to make their voices heard, and benefitting from and trailblazing changes. It is a celebration of Filipino women’s power to take the narrative, raise priority issues that matter to them, and call for concrete actions. It also focuses on including women’s concerns in the government agenda and enabling more women to implement and at the same time, demand programs and services that can bring the country closer to narrowing the gender gaps.

The DENR-I kick-off ceremony was led by Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo together with OIC, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo, ARD for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, Chief, Administrative Division Mary Ann N. Escoto who is the new DENR- I Regional Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point Chairperson and members of GAD Focal Point. RED Barcelo recognized the contribution of women in the success of men. Specifically celebrating the contribution of the women employee to the attainment of the department’s target and accomplishments for the past two years amidst the challenges of the pandemic. Highlights of the program include inspirational messages from DENR- I key officials, presentation of DENR- I CY 2022 GAD- initiated activities, overviews of the #GADtoKnow Photo Booth and IEC Corner Juana and the “Serbisyong Legal para kay Juana.” The celebration concluded with the ribbon- cutting cum launching of the #GADtoKnow Photo Booth and IEC Corner located in the front of the DENR- I Office Building. (RSCIG-ZLP)