With the sub-theme: Lipunan Patas sa Bagong Pilipinas, Kakayahan ng Kababaihan, Patunayan!, the Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PRRI) as the lead office, in collaboration with different partner agencies and organizations such as; LGU Naga, 106th Infantry Brigade, Landscapers from Titay, Alab Lady Ipil Eagle’s Club, Sulo Women’s Association (SWA), and Jo Rubber Sulo Women’s Association (JOSWA), hosted a culmination event- a first-ever outreach program to honor the real bosses, in celebration of Women’s Month at Barangay Sulo, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay. This program aimed to promote women’s empowerment and support the development of the local rubber industry.

PRRI, led by Executive Director Cheryl L. Eusala, Ph.D., was represented by Dr. Girlie R. Saludo, OIC-RTESD, during the event. Chief Saludo emphasized the significant presence of women, taking note also of the female leaders at PRRI, including the director herself and the division chiefs. This serves as a testament to PRRI’s ongoing effort to promote gender equality and empower women in the field of rubber research.

The event became a festive atmosphere for the women in the rubber farming community to come together. People of all ages, from children to the elderly women, participated in various interactive sessions, including free haircuts, the distribution of rubber slippers, and free legal advice (VAWC) from PRRI Legal Officer, Atty. Mae Theresa Clare M. Dimol. Adults and children also participated in the feeding program. These initiatives aimed to uplift the rubber farming sector and foster greater interaction within the community.

This Women’s Month event, in partnership with various stakeholders, exemplifies a commitment to women’s empowerment and the further development of the rubber farming community. With women leaders at the forefront, PRRI sets an example for gender equality and emphasizes the significant role women play in agriculture.

𝑩𝒚 𝑻𝒉𝒐𝒎 𝑪𝒓𝒖𝒛 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑱𝒖𝒍𝒊𝒖𝒔 𝑩𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒐