(Legazpi City, March 21, 2022) — A sea of women wearing purple t-shirts flooded the Women’s Day Forum 2022 inside Albay Astrodome numbering at least 800 of the female gender coming from the cities and municipalities comprising the Province of Albay.

This number of women came from Albay Solo Parent’s Federation, Albay KALIPI Federation, and PIDO-DIDAY Women Empowerment separately originating from different municipalities with the top aim of celebrating and empowering the rights of women in connection with the National Women’s Month celebration in the month of March this year.

In her opening remarks, Board Member Hon. Glenda Ong-Bongao said “We aim for equality and empowerment. Being empowered doesn’t mean being dominant. Being empowered means you have a voice that needs to be heard.”

In gracing the event as a guest of honor, Governor Al Francis C. Bichara in his short talk emphasized how women must be treated equally.

“Most department heads from our office are women. They are treated and looked upon and respected by many. Those things mean that women are equal to what others can do. They can do what most of us men can.” Gov, Bichara said.

After Gov. Bichara’s short talk, he was called to lead in the oath-taking ceremony of the new set of officers of the different women associations.

As a way of showing gratitude, the outgoing officers were given presents such as monitors, keyboards, and computer mice to recognize their valuable efforts of having served the organization through the years.

The closing event was filled with fun combined with jamming and dancing, including photo sessions with Governor Al Francis C. Bichara.

Jose M. Briones/Jasmine Ollorga, Albay PIO