Women council chairman keynotes Capitol flag-raising
Philippine Commission on Women chairman Remedios Ignacio-Rikken delivered an inspirational message this morning (June 15) during the flag-raising ceremony at the People’s Stage where officers and employees of national government agencies and provincial government offices were present.
Ignacio-Rikken, also the former executive director of the National Council for the Recovery of Filipino Women during President Corazon Aquino’s and President Fidel Ramos’ administrations, said she helped in organizing women to influence and monitor government policies and programs to benefit women and to mainstream gender in government
“Although my advocacy is women’s leadership,” she said, “we don’t like to announce ‘vote for women because women are more honest and less corrupt’ but more on the fact that man and women are socialized differently.”
“Iba ang experience ng babae sa lalaki – ang kanilang mga priorities, pangangailangan at panananaw,” said Ignacio-Rikken.
Aside from concerns for women, Igancio-Rikken said she is also promoting for the welfare of senior citizens whom she said should be called “older people rather than elderlies.”
“It is mandatory to retire at the age of 65. So at the age of 45, you should already be planning for what to do after your retirement. You may retire at 65 but do not retire completely because most people die earlier if they do nothing after their retirement,” Ignacio-Rikken said.
She advised the younger generation never to let their retired or old parents stop working or stop what they are doing and become financially and physically dependent on their children because by doing so, it is like giving them a death sentence.
“Be passionate with what you’re doing. The only thing that you lose if you don’t choose is your mind,” said the 80-year old renowned community organizer.# gbb