SARIAYA, Quezon – Igniting a sense of bravery and compassion among approximately three thousand women, Dr. Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) advised the officers and members of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI) and Gilas Kababaihan to continue strengthening the campaign against drug abuse and engaging the civil society as well as the private sector in ending violence against women and girls rooted in drug addiction.
In the recent General Assembly of the KALIPI and Gilas Kababaihan, Taposok commended the participants from the 43 barangays of Sariaya for making significant contributions in their communities especially in the campaign against illegal drugs.
Women and children suffer the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world, one of the least prosecuted crimes, and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development. It is for this reason that the said women organizations are collectively taking a stand to fight the long and winding battle against drug abuse.
Taposok believes in the capabilities of women to influence their communities and consequently help in winning the fight against illegal drugs. “A Filipina is a full-blooded warrior fighting against drugs and crime, pushing against inequality and discrimination and contesting to bring up children of our future society,” she stated.
The OIC-Director is certain that nothing is ever impossible for a Filipina committed to improve the living conditions of humanity.
“Despite the pain, challenges and unfairness, she (women) will never put her sword down and surrender in this battle for social change,” Taposok expressed.
Apart from drug abuse problems, she cited other major societal concerns such as the continuous growth of the population and how it can be resolved by investing in the agriculture sector. The role of women in agriculture and in the world, in a general sense, is not just to be of help for their male counterparts. According to her, women do not just reinforce labor. But they also initiate and provide important economic efforts in agricultural production. “Women in the rural areas often manage compound households and follow multiple livelihood approaches. They do farming, livestock production, and engage in trade and marketing, while they also take care of their family members full-time and maintain their homes.”
Taposok further suggested that more and more women leaders in agriculture are emerging. Thus, the contemporary societies are recognizing the innate qualities and skills of women that entirely play an essential role in the field.
The General Assembly held last December 16, 2017 was also participated by women police officers and the local government of Sariaya headed by Mayor Marcelo Gayeta.