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The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has announced that the 2018 National Women’s Month celebration will have the theme “We Make Change Work For Women.” This month aims to celebrate the achievements of women and girls in various fields and recognize their contributions in our society.

As an annual activity, the City of Zamboanga had once again spearheaded the Marcha de las Mujeres held last Thursday, March 8, 2018 to join the entire nation in celebrating and recognizing women for the 2018 National Women’s Month. MGB-IX GAD advocates joined in the said march wearing purple shirts and buri hats adorned with pink and purple ribbons joining other groups representing various offices from both the government and private sectors, to include NGOs, the academe and the religious sectors.

As an observance of the Lenten Season, MGB-IX personnel underwent a day of self-retrospection through a recollection facilitated by Rev. Fr. Marsh Villagracia, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Church, Guiwan, Zamboanga City.  This activity was a continuation of the Team-Building activity spearheaded by the RGAD-TWG and MGBEA Chapter Board held at Monte Vista Resort from March 22-24, 2018.

Fr. Villagracia gave participants points to reflect in relation to the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He emphasized the importance of forgiveness and our challenge as Christians, which is to love others even those whom we do not like. He also reminded everyone to smile more often and to always keep a happy disposition in life.

At the end of his talk, Fr. Villagracia enjoined everyone to let go with whatever negative feelings we may have toward others and to pray for one another. Celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed to cap the said lenten recollection.

MGB-IX embedded personnel, Engr. Ventrick Ceasar Albano joined PENRO-B, DENR-IX personnel in the meeting for the proposed ordinances for the implementation of Zamboanga del Sur’s Comprehensive Environmental Management Plan on February 27, 2017 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall. Spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Governor, the meeting was attended by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Council members, the Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (LENRO) and representatives from national government agencies concerned such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its line bureaus.