Parada Para Kay Juana Parade Participants collectively shouted, “WE for Gender Equality and Inclusive Society” – the advocacy on which WE stands for Women and Everyone and Women Empowerment.

The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) wholeheartedly supported the worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day last March 8, 2023. Said activity also marked the beginning of the agency’s month-long celebration of the National Women’s Month.

The Mariveles community warmly welcomed the colorful and cheerful motorcade titled “Parade for Juana” by which the AFAB Family crossed the length of the main roads of Freeport as well as the entire town of Mariveles.

Led by AFAB Administrator Emmanuel D. Pineda and Deputy Administrator for Support Services Maria Lourdes L. Herrera, a short program was conducted at the AFAB Sports Complex. Administrator Pineda highlighted in his speech the huge contributions of the women of AFAB – from leaders to employees – which comprises 6 women out of 13 in the Management Committee and 104 women out of 164 AFAB Employees. He added that women have consistently proven themselves in the fields of leadership, management, and labor. 

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He expressed his confidence that the companies and organizations in FAB are privileged with the same benefit because, for the longest time, the majority of FAB workers have remained women. Per the latest AFAB Report, the FAB workforce is comprised of 49% women.

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The short program was attended by the representatives of the Coalition of Labor Unions in Bataan (CLUB) led by Ms. Monette Alarcado, Ms. Myrna Arevalo of the Freeport Area of Bataan Locators and Investors Association (FABILA), representatives of various FAB Registered Enterprises – Essilor Mfg. Phils. Inc, BFD Global Inc., GICC, Bataan Glove Safety Mfg. Inc., Medtecs Group of Companies, Trans Am, Good Sail Trading, Wire Harness, Surex Safe Ventures Inc., and the AFAB Employees led by the AFAB Gender and Development (GAD) Committee who helped make the event possible.

The agency will continue to strive in eradicating abuse of power, patriarchy, and disrespect for human rights while fulfilling its mandate of being a development catalyst for the benefit not only of the Mariveles community but also the people of Bataan.