Empowered women of this generation have the capacity to change the world through their own vital ways of developing a society and promoting social change. These were the words expressed by OIC-Director Luz Taposok as a reflection of her utmost respect for the rural women of the Philippines.
Women have made outstanding contributions in the lives of many since the early years up to this date. They served as essential motivators who traditionally have the obligation to nurture a child, take care of the home and family, alongside leading communities.
These were few of the multiple duties that the Rural Improvement Clubs (RICs) have continuously uphold as showcased during their 83rd National Convention. They have notably assisted thousands of barrio housewives and demonstrated to them better homemaking, childcare, meal planning, food preparation and preservation, poultry raising, home and gardening techniques, and handicraft to help boost their income.
Citing the story of Maria Ylagan Orosa, who founded the home extension service in 1923, Taposok expressed her confidence to the capacity of the RICs to further improve the agriculture and fisheries sector. She believes that they are instrumental in uplifting the living standards of farm families and rural women.
“You belong to the RIC to inspire, to help more women gain self-confidence and skills, to showcase and experience livelihood and income generating operations. More than that, you act as advocates of food and nutrition that promotes health and wellness that starts in your own respective home, clubs, and communities”, Taposok remarked.
The OIC-Director is hopeful that the RICs will encourage more women to lead, take part in the advancement of rural societies and be effective and productive partners of the government in community development. “We in ATI on the other hand are always here to support your endeavors and to pursue our common goal of providing excellent extension services beyond boundaries.”