On March 4, 2020, SPUP held a commemorative celebration in observance of the National Women’s Month and in anticipation of the International Women’s Day on March 08. Conducted at the Student Center and participated in by Basic Education and College students, the observance adhered to the theme: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.”

The celebration commenced with an Ecumenical Invocation facilitated by the Christian Formation Office. The program advanced the discussion on Women Empowerment and Women Protection and Development.

In a “talk show” format, the speakers engaged SPUP learners as they discussed Women Empowerment. Mrs. Belen Lim (Proprietor, Golden Press), Mrs. Purita Licas (Former Regional Director, Philippine Information Agency), and Mr. Miguel Lim (President, SPUP Alumni Association) stressed the importance of education in the empowerment of women, the role of empowered women in the society and in the family, and the role of women in promoting gender equality. The presence of Mr. Lim in the panel, contributed to the cause of advancing gender equality and gender complementarity. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Brendan Jansen Tangan (Youth Focal Person, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Region II).

The presentation on Women Protection and Development highlighted the Philippine Law on Anti-Violence Against Women and Children (Republic Act 9262) and Social Services for Women. Ms. Cheeni Mabbayad (Women’s Focal Person, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Region II), Police Senior Sergeant Gloria Pasicolan, and Police Senior Sergeant Jovelyn Balubal explained the application of the law and the services which the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) provide and guarantee for women safety, security, and development.

In thanksgiving, Sr. Merceditas Ang SPC (University President) led the recognition of the resource speakers and the moderator.

The endeavor was jointly organized by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni, External Relations and Advocacies, and facilitated by the Paulinian Student Government, in collaboration with the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI).