Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan lauded the gargantuan role of women in the family, in the community, and in the country during the Women’s Month Celebration attended by government and non-government organizations held at Baguio Convention Center on March 10, 2015.

Tasked to give an inspirational message, Mayor Domogan referred to women as the masterpiece of God. Citing Genesis 2:18 as his reference, the Mayor said that the woman was created to be a helper, an anchor, and the wing beneath the wing of a man.

In Genesis 2:22, the woman was said to be taken from the rib of Adam. The rib is the support of the body, therefore, the woman is the pillar of man. Mayor Domogan undeniably acknowledges that the world would be different without a woman.

The male resource speaker said that the theme “Juana, Desisyon mo ay mahalaga sa kinabukasan ng bawat isa, Ikaw na!” is just a reminder that prominent laws on Magna Carta Law, Sexual Harassment Law, Violence Against Women and Children were all championed by women leaders.

Going further, the Mayor again cited Proverbs 31:10-31, of which verse 10 states that the price of a virtuous woman is far above rubies, therefore depicting a woman as a gem. Proverbs 31:11-31 portrays a woman being a trusting wife, a capable worker, an early riser, a committed homemaker, chaste helpmate of her husband, upright and God-fearing woman of strength.

From his own words, the city mayor describes the woman as a “daily compass.” As a compass, the woman is the tour guide to every destination. Women are co-pilots who bring passengers to their destination.

As a politician, the speaker uplifts the role of women in politics when he said that “the future of the country is not determined by politicians but by mothers.”

“Women need to be empowered, not necessarily powered,” Mayor Domogan ended his message.

This writer ends the inspirational message of the city mayor with a Bible verse too. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28) Cresencia M. Pawingi, LIO-CAR