NAMRIA joins the 2024 National Women's Month Celebration
Volume XXXVI Issue No. 5
By: Arlene M. Balauro

NAMRIA joined the nationwide celebration of this year's women's month with the theme "Lipunang Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas: Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patunayan!" as part of its commitment to advocating women's rights in the workplace. The 2024 National Women's Month Celebration (NWMC) aims to capitalize on the recurring theme "WE for Gender Equality and Inclusive Society" introduced in 2023. The theme was launched to renew commitment to the advocacy and build upon the accomplishments under the 2016-2022 theme, "WE Make Change Work for Women."
NAMRIA NWMC 2024 poster
The NAMRIA Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (NGFPS) headed the agency's 2024 NWMC kick-off activity held at the NAMRIA Covered Court on 04 March 2024. The activity was hosted by Mr. Jeffrey A. Quodala, Head Focal Person of the NGFPS Technical Working Group on Information, Education, and Communication. The singing of the Lupang Hinirang, accompanied by a video with an all-women cast, was played at the start of the activity and will be played during the flag-raising ceremonies on all Mondays in March.
NGFPS Chairperson, OIC-DA Castro delivers the opening remarks.
NGFPS Chairperson and Officer in Charge (OIC)-Deputy Administrator (DA) Ofelia T. Castro delivered her opening remarks, where she underscored NAMRIA's dedication to fostering an environment of inclusivity, equality, and empowerment for all its female employees. She announced the month-long NWMC activities that the NAMRIA GFPS has prepared, namely: NAMRIA Daycare Educational Tour; Serbisyo Para Kay Juana: Wellness Kaleidoscope; Juana Photo Booth; Tiange ni Juana; A Talk on Autism Awareness and Neurodiversity Affirming Approach; a series of trainings on gender sensitivity, GAD information system (GADIS), and GAD Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF); a follow-through activity for the GAD Pool of Trainors; a GAD film showing; an International Women's Day Advocacy Fun Run; Fitness Frenzy (GAD Advocacy Aero boxing); and the distribution of information, education, and communication materials to teachers and students of Kapitolyo High School and Gat Andres Bonifacio High School, and GAD shirts to all NAMRIA employees.
Administrator Tiangco conveys his inspirational message for the NWMC.
NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, PhD extended his heartfelt recognition to the remarkable efforts and unwavering dedication exhibited by NAMRIA women. He also acknowledged the vital role women play in the agency's success and their significant contributions in the fields of mapping, geospatial information, and resource management. He emphasized NAMRIA's steadfast commitment to equality and inclusivity, and focus on the continuous efforts to break down barriers and cultivate a workplace culture that supports women's advancement and rights.
The members of the newly-proclaimed ONE Executive Board with OIC-DA Castro
The kick-off program coincided with the proclamation of the newly-elected officers of the Organization of NAMRIA Employees (ONE), who will serve until February 2026. The host branch, Transportation Management Section - Support Service Branch (TMS-SSB), serenaded the audience with a song and gave crocheted flowers to the women of NAMRIA while the NGFPS served free congee in the "Lugaw para kay Juana" segment of the activity.
Crocheted flowers (top) for NAMRIA women and free congee for all (bottom)
NAMRIA officials and employees pose with the 2024 NWMC banner.

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