As part of the 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration, the National Housing Authority (NHA), led by the Gender and Development Advocacy, Networking, and Public Communications Committee (GAD-ANPCC), held a photo exhibit honoring Women Department Managers, Officers-in-Charge, and Regional Managers on March 8, 2022.

The exhibit coincides with the observance of Women’s Rights and International Peace Day and National Women’s Day as mandated under Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988 and Republic Act 6949 of 1990, respectively.

NHA GAD Chairperson Atty. Maria Magdalena D. Siacon, in her speech, talked about how the NHA is at the forefront in recognizing gender equality and women empowerment through its gender-sensitive policies.

She also noted that the Authority ensures “that the contributions of all men and women in this office are given recognition and importance.” For Women’s Month, this exhibit showcased the women of NHA “who have made their mark in their respective fields and expertise,” Atty. Siacon added.

For his part, NHA Officer-in-Charge and Assistant General Manager Engr. Victor C. Balba described women leaders as the light of the Authority’s humble home, “Ilaw ng Tahanan,” the silver of hope that gives strength to the best that NHA can be.

AGM Balba said, “Our women managers continue to remind us that there are no limits to what we can do as long as we persevere. We give them the recognition and appreciation they deserve, accompanied by the call to participate in women’s empowerment and gender equality. I hope that we will continue to honor and celebrate them not only during March but every day.”

Meanwhile, in a written message, NHA General Manager and GAD Champion Marcelino P. Escalada, Jr. acknowledged all empowered women of NHA. He said, “As the Haligi ng Tahanan of NHA together with our AGM, We salute all of you ladies, ang aming ilaw ng tahanan, for a job well done, and the unwavering support to the New NHA’s goal of continued dedicated service to the people by Building a Culture of Quality and in Building a Culture of Legacy.”

“This is a true testament of empowered women possessing the capacity and capabilities to be significant contributors and claim-holders of development. May we never get tired adhering to the Authority’s mandate of uplifting the lives of the Filipinos,” GM Escalada added.