EDC Learning and Development head Nad Pating (rightmost) with speakers Amb. Delia Domingo-Albert, Bless de Asis and Dr. Ted EsguerraEnergy Development Corporation (EDC) held its first-ever celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, 2017.
Attended mostly by female employees (with a few male counterparts), the simple but meaningful event successfully gathered outstanding individuals in various fields to share their advocacies and perspectives about “the role of the modern Filipino women in the 21st century.”
The keynote speaker, Delia Domingo-Albert, was the first woman career diplomat to become Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Asia.
She shared her experiences about the various women she has met and worked with. She also highlighted initiatives around the world that promoted the common goal of empowering women so that the audience would be inspired to further speak up, act and bring to light the contributions of women towards the betterment of humanity.
Women’s health empowerment
Next to address the audience was Dr. Maricar Quevedo, a former president of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society as well as of the Philippine Society of Climacteric Medicine, who emphasized women’s health empowerment. She gave pointers and advice on the importance of women’s health and wellness, with special attention to the value of reproductive health.
Providing a male perspective to the event was Dr. Ted Esguerra, the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Unit crisis lead for EDC. Esguerra discussed the role of women in resilience efforts, citing his personal relationship and upbringing with his own mother.
Esguerra’s main message underlined the central role of mothers in creating a better world since they are a major influence in developing the character of their children before they become functioning members of a family, an organization and society as a whole.
Parenting in the modern world
Completing the roster of speakers was psychologist Bless de Asis, an advocate of the well-being of children and part-time lecturer at the Psychology Department of Miriam College.
She presented her viewpoint on “parenting with presence” which explained the dynamics of parenting in the modern world, and how critical factors such as technology affect the way children are being raised today. She offered advice on how to address the new issues arising from all these while strongly highlighting that the role of a mother in a child’s life has no equal.
IWD, originally called International Working Women’s Day, was predominantly celebrated only in socialist and communist countries until 1977 (Story/Photo by: Reggie Baticulon and Gerbs de Castro)