As a culminating activity of the CY 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC), the Ladies’ Choice Cook-Off Competition held on March 28 allowed the men to cook lunch for the ladies who judged the dishes based on presentation and taste. Two male representatives each from the six divisions/units cooked Beef Pares, Beef Caldereta, Binutong na Tuna sa Insulin, the traditional Kare-Kare (3rd place), the delectable Humba and Dinakdakan (2nd place), and the Ladies’ Choice Crispy Dinuguang Bicol Ala Pobre (1st place).  It was a welcome break for all and a revelation of the cooking talents and skills of the men, to the delight of the hardworking women of NEDA Bicol. 

The CY 2022 NWMC endeavors to highlight the gains achieved for women, assess actions towards gender equality, and look forward to steps that must be taken to ensure progress in empowering women. In light of this, NEDA Bicol held a month-long celebration in support of the NWMC and in appreciation for the office’s hardworking women.

All employees were encouraged to wear purple on all Tuesdays of the month of March. On March 8, the Bicol Region map at the office lobby was lighted purple to signify support for women’s empowerment and gender equality. The ceremonial lighting of the purple icon intends to spark interest and discourse on the celebration of Women’s Month and what it stands for.