The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) held “Looking After Women’s Mental Health” with resource speaker and licensed psychologist, Suzanne Marie D. Roxas during its Gender and Development (GAD) Congress on 24 March 2021.

AFAB Deputy Administrator for Support Services Maria Lourdes L. Herrera commenced the event by emphasizing the innate strength and competence of women as leaders and their invaluable contribution to the society during the pandemic.

“Sana maging kaisa tayo ng mga kababaihan na labanan ang krisis na ating kinahaharap”, Deputy Herrera added.

(May we all be one with our women as we battle the crisis we are in.)

Said mental health and emotional well-being webinar shared strategies about coping with pandemic-related stress and anxiety. Roxas explained how one’s well-being can be one of the best cures against any disease and discussed how it can be achieved through doing meaningful work; fully and creatively engaging one’s self; enjoying where we are; handling adversity with grace and recovering one’s inner strength; and remembering that good friends make the journey worthwhile.

In his closing remarks, AFAB Deputy Administrator for Operations Alewijn Aidan K. Ong expressed his admiration for the Filipino women juggling multiple hats in the society especially in these hard times.

“The pandemic has amplified the incidence and severity of mental health issues among those who struggle from it. This is particularly true for a Filipina woman who may be balancing various roles as a mother, wife, employee, daughter, sister and friend”, Ong said.

Over 100 attendees from the AFAB, FAB Registered Enterprises, and FAB-covered barangays actively participated in the GAD Congress via Zoom.