CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan – More than 200 participants from different locators of the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) were recently lectured on the Magna Carta of Women by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The FWC was held in observance of this year’s National Women’s Month Celebration anchored on the theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda.”
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the participants, mostly women, are company representatives from 15 FAB locators.
Aside from locators, other offices represented are selected national government offices, local government units, barangays, non-government organizations, educational institutions, and other civil society groups residing near the FAB.
Dione said that the FWC calls for the inclusion of women’s concern in leadership platform and the government’s development agenda, and preparing women and girls to reach their ambitions.
“We laud the initiative of the AFAB, under the leadership of AFAB Chairman and Administrator Atty. Deogracias Custodio, together with AFAB GAD Chairperson Atty. Patrick Lester Ty, in holding this women’s congress which recognizes the significant role of women in nation-building and the promotion of equality of men and women. Just like the AFAB, we too at the DOLE continue to implement programs and services that are in consonance with the National Government’s Gender and Development programs,” Dione said.
AFAB officials present during the Congress include AFAB Chairman Atty. Deogracias Custodio, AFAB GAD Chairperson Atty. Patrick Lester Ty, and AFAB Board Director Paulo Tibig, and other AFAB officials.
“I would like to congratulate the entire FAB family for holding this Congress because it recognizes the valuable contributions of our dedicated and hardworking women workers both in the public and private sector towards the country’s economic growth,” Dione added.
Meanwhile, DOLE Bataan Field Office head Leilani Reynoso, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Rani David, and Senior Labor and Employment Officer Emily Romero, represented the DOLE.
For the DOLE’s part, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Rani David, presented a lecture on Republic Act. No. 9710, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta of Women.”
The R.A. 9710, according to David, is a law that seeks to eliminate discrimination through recognition, protection, fulfilment, and promotion of rights of Filipino women.
David discussed two of several important salient features of R.A. 9710 which tackled matters concerning equal employment opportunities and special leave benefits, highlighting Department Order No. 112.
“Realizing the importance of women and their rights in society through R.A. 9710, the DOLE issued D.O. No. 112, series of 2011, otherwise known as the Guidelines Governing the Implementation of the Special Leave for Women Employees in the private sector,” David explained.
Under the D.O., David noted that women-employees are entitled a maximum two-month leave with full pay from her employer based on her gross monthly compensation following surgery caused by gynaecological disorders.
“This special leave shall be granted to a qualified employee after she has undergone surgery, without prejudice to her employer, allowing her to receive pay before or during surgery,” David said.
Aside from the DOLE, the Medical City Clark provided an overview on Breast Cancer Awareness as well as held free sugar and blood check-ups as well as raffles.
Meanwhile, AFAB Board Director Paulo Tibig, for his part, provided an orientation and learning session on Entrepreneurship.