Rey Anthony Chiu
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol March 28, 2014 (PIA) –Adversity squeezes out the best in men.
For the great earthquake that sent Bohol reeling down, it had also caused Bohol women into taking active frontline roles in disaster management and response.
Governor Edgar Chatto highlighted this as he hailed women all over Bohol for their huge roles especially when standing in the fore fronts of disaster management.
Speaking at the Women’s Month with the theme: Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong, Chatto who was keynote speaker during the Culmination activities at the Bohol Cultural Center March 28, immediately picked the roles women picked after the quake in elucidating the Women’s Month theme in 2014.
Over two hundred women representatives from all over Bohol showed in colorful delegation shirts listened as Chatto recalled how women in Bohol embraced their families during the disaster and then stepped on the forefronts of post disaster response and management as Bohol started to stand.
“Our mothers have special roles in our households, and now, [after the earthquake] women are recognized outside the households, Chatto said in an event that also recognized strong women as a necessity for rising up and moving forward.
This is not anymore the traditional role of women he said. Women have become leaders in your own right, and by that, women have shared equal opportunities in their own right, he beamed.
More than in livelihood, leadership advocacy, children development, women leaders are standing in the frontlines of disaster management.
“The last quarter of 2013 was really the time when women leaders all over Bohol showed the way in the response of disaster,” the Governor who was on top of all disaster response cited the inevitable presence of women in disaster relief response and in post disaster management.
Chatto, who was expected in a meeting in Manila in the afternoon, told over two hundred women gathered for the congress that the adversity has shown Boholano women the perfect moment to stand as leaders in their own right.
“You all showed you were leaders in the family,” Chatto pointed out.
“We came out winners, we came out standing and we came out united and that was victory to us, even amidst disaster, and after the tragedy,” he said amidst clapping of hands.
“The most important thing is that we thank all women in Bohol who were with us in times of joys and suffering.” Gov. Edgar Chatto said.
Over this, he also urged women into action by saying, “even if we were challenged by fate, let challenges not bar Bohol from development, as families continue to rebuild toppled houses, to continue to build communities shaken by the quake.”
He said Bohol may have been shaken, but the Boholano enthusiasm, the Boholano faith in the supreme being, and the struggle for more development is never shaken despite earthquakes and typhoons.