More than 300 employees from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here, including participants from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the DENR Pampanga Office, walked together in solidarity as part of the Women’s Month Celebration, in an event dubbed “Lakad-likasan: Bawat Hakbang Handog sa Kababaihan at Kalikasan.”

The event saw the participants march around the regional government center in San Fernando, Pampanga, in a bid to raise awareness about the empowerment of women as active contributors to and claimholders of development, by bringing attention to the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”.

The event kicked off today with a Zumba session precluding the walk around the government center. It was followed by a clean-up activity in support of Manila Bay cleanup and rehabilitation. The participants cleaned up a 1.5 km- stretch of connected streets, including exposed canals, and collected residual trash made up of 40% single-use plastics and food wrappers, 30% residual soiled paper waste and 30% recyclables.

Republic Act (RA) 6949 of 1990 declared March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day. This year’s women’s month aims to inform and engage women as stakeholders of government program and services.