March 11, 2014
NAGA CITY- Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Bernadette Romulo- Puyat of the Department of Agriculture graced the 2-day Trade and Jobs Fair for women entrepreneurs and members of the “Lakas ng Kababihan,” a women empowerment movement in Camarines Sur led and supported by 3rd district representative Atty. Leni G. Robredo.
The event which featured exhibits and sales of products and services of various women’s groups, entrepreneurs and partner government agencies was held on March 7 to 8 in time for the celebration of the 2014 International Women’s month. Bannering the theme: “Asenso kan Kababaihan, Asenso kan Distrito”, the event held at Jesse M. Robredo memorial coliseum here also showcased the various products and crafts not only of already established enterprises run by women but even of aspiring women entrepreneurs.
Puyat who was personally invited by Robredo lauded the creativity, resourcefulness and skills of the Bicolano women in developing various products and crafts using the available resources in the locality. As the chairperson of the DA’s GAD Focal System, Puyat said the national government recognizes the vital role of women in development and change and the Philippines is the only country which mandates all government agencies and institutions to allocate 5% of their annual budget for GAD programs.
Puyat also urged the women to patronize their own local products. She revealed that for two years now she has been using pili-oil based lipstick which she said does not make her lips dry and crack. She said she started using pili-oil based lipstick when Mrs. Rosalinda Tan who has her business enterprise in Cam. Sur gifted her with one. She found out that pili oil is a much sought -after raw material by largest cosmetic companies, like Channel, Christian Dior because it contains high levels of carotenoids, and Vitamin E. Topically, pili oil has great effects by promoting younger skin and fighting ageing. She thus, also urged Atty. Robredo to shift to pili-oil-based lipstick.
On the prodding of DA Bicol regional executive director , Engr. Abelardo Bragas, the two famous, influential and beautiful women posed gamely for the cameras and made a public endorsement of pili oil –based lipstick right there and then at the women’s gathering saying: “Bicol made pili lipstick is organic, aesthetic, and domestically produced. So kiss your old lipsticks goodbye. Use pili oil-based lipstick”
Puyat and Robredo are both widows with children, distinguished careers and reputable names and legacy which they are gracefully and honorably nurturing and carrying on. They are true epitome of strength, resilience and grace as they move on with their life, career and mission despite the personal tragedy, (the untimely demise of their husbands) they have been through. Both are their own person, who have carved their own niches in their career and in the field of public service. These two Juanas truly inspire and empower other Filipino women, thus, they are worth emulating - “ Ang Tatag nyo ay Tatag nang Bayan sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong” (Emily B. Bordado)
Top photo shows DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Bernadette Romulo- Puyat giving the keynote speech. Seated onstage are Regional Executive Director Abelardo R. Bragas, and Atty. Leni G. Robredo.
USec Bernadette Romulo- Puyat holds a bottle of pili oil.