DENR Caraga personnel headed by its Regional GAD Focal Person OIC-Chief Administrative Officer Elsalyn J. Evangelio, participated in the 2023 Womenโ€™s Summit held at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center in Butuan City on March 8, 2023, in celebration of the International Women's Day.

With the theme "WE for Gender Equality Inclusive Society," the activity was attended by mostly women and some men from various national and local government agencies.

Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba graced the occasion being the keynote speaker. In her message, the Governor stressed the importance of the role of the family being the basic unit of society in bringing-up men and women who are gender sensitive-- having the right perspective as to gender.

She also urged the participants to share what they learned from the summit with those who do not have the opportunity to access information about gender equality and women empowerment.

Another highlight of the celebration was the recognition of some successful women in Caraga region. They were the Most Outstanding Barangay Population Volunteers, Outstanding Rural Women Recognition Awards for Former and/or Retired Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Persons, and the awardees of the Bureau of the Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Aside from hearing messages on women empowerment and gender equality, the participants also enjoyed the services offered through the government services booths installed within the venue such as the Family Wellness Clinic of the Population Commission and Development, Medical Services Booth of the Department of Health, Beauty Care and Massage Services of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Loyalty Plus Card Booth of PAG-IBIG, PhilSys Registration and CRVS Booth of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), PhilHealth Services Telcom Services and SIM registration of the National Telecommunications Commission, and other government agencies' services. There was also the ๐˜œ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜บ-๐˜ถ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜บ and Trade Fair and raffle draws for the participants.