“Babae akong may paninindigan

‘Di matitinag kailan pa man Babae ako na may karapatan

May boses at may kakayahan

Malakas ang loob, pusong totoo

Kayang-kaya ko, si JUANA ako!

Sa buong bansa at buong mundo

Ipagsigawan, si JUANA ako! “

-Si Juana Ako by Neil Salarda, John Tubalde, at Lorymae Baring (Team Titans) – MusikJuana

Songwriting Contest 2021In celebration of the 2022 Women’s Month with Theme: Agenda ng Kababaihan Tungo sa Kaunlaran, the Local Government Unit of Kalibo thru its Municipal Gender and Development Focal Point System headed by Mayor Emerson Sucgang Lachica conducted the Women’s Forum last March 22, 2022, 2PM at the Pastrana Park Covered Court, Kalibo, Aklan. This was participated by Local Officials, Department Heads, LGU Employees, Women leaders from the different Barangays of Kalibo, members of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) , Samahan ng mga Kababihan sa Bayan ng Kalibo (SKBK), Women Farmers, PNP Kalibo Women and Children’s Protection Desk (Kalibo Mps) and invited guests.Almost 300 passionate, strong and empowered women graced the said occasion, and took part in the series of talks delivered by exemplary women in the different fields. The program was opened by the Welcome Address from Dr. Cynthia C. Dela Cruz (Cynthia Dela Cruz), Municipal Vice Mayor and followed by the Inspirational Message from Mayor Emerson S. Lachica.Also present during the event are SBM Mark Vega Quimpo and SBM Augusto C. Tolentino (Gus Conanan Tolentino), Dr. Jocelyn T. Garcia (Jo T. Garcia), Municipal Health Officer of LGU Kalibo discussed Women in Health and the services being provided by the LGU to ensure that the health and welfare of women and girls are top priorities.Ms. Cherry May Regalado, Miss Kalibo Ati-atihan 2021, Pencak Silat Champion and Ambassadress of Kalibo shared the challenges she faced as she continue to share her passion and continue to empower others. She also highlighted the importance of our mental health.Dr. Jelemy M. Jizmundo (Jel Jizmundo), Zumba Goddess of Aklan encapsulated the importance of health and fitness and how zumba is not only great for the body, but also great for the mind. She also talked about the need to include in our agenda, taking care of our bodies, having well balanced diet, doing zumba regularly and moving for wellness and fitness.Also in the spotlight was the Launching of the Homegrown Food: Edible Backyard Garden Contest by Ms. Adorada T. Reynaldo, PSO III, MEEDO – BGMD. She passionately inspired the participants of the importance of Segregation at Source, of taking care of our “basura” and how all these affects our community especially women, who are burdened with taking care of the sick and securing food sustainability.A Woman, a singer, a songwriter and a Kalibonhon Artist – Cheurlette Kayne Renacido (Cheurlette Kayne Renacido) also graced the said event and performed her very own composition entitled “Hindi Babae Lang”.”Abu gid ro among pagpasaeamat sa LGU Kalibo, eabi eon gid kay Mayor Emerson Sucgang Lachica sa pagimbitar kamon sa rayang aktibidad, ag sa pagtao kamun it regalo nga makabulig gid sa among pagpangabuhi,” said one of the SKBK member present during the event.

written by: MEV

Photos: Doniel Aguirre