At 10:00 am, the Vice President went to Automatic Data Processing (ADP)’s Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Talk in Ayala Center, Makati. ADP Philippines Inc. is a wholly-owned offshore subsidiary of ADP, LLC, an American provider of human resource management software and services. It has been in the Philippines since 2010, handling services such as payroll, tax services, time, and labor management. ADP Philippines fosters an inclusive environment which values the contributions of each individual with respect, regardless of gender. The talk was held as part of ADP’s celebration of International Women’s Month.
In her speech, the Vice President mentioned that up to this day women are still not given equal access in society and are expected to fit the pre-conceived notion of being a woman. “Women should never be made to make choices, whether we should remain at home or go to work; whether we should continue studying or let our dreams go away forever; whether we should shift jobs or pursue a full- time profession—sometimes, even two professions; whether we love our partners more than our jobs. Because is it not possible to love and be fulfilled in both relationships? As women leaders of today, let us do the best that we can in everything we do. Our world needs women who are empowered to dream and turn them into realities, and allow others to do the same.”
At 3:00 pm, the Vice President attended 3M’s International Women’s Day 2018 in Shangri-La at the Fort, Taguig City. The Philippine site is the third and final Global Service Center (GSC) of 3M Company, which will bring all the advantages of the GSC model to the Asia Pacific region. 3M GSC in the Philippines intends to provide a full range of IT-enabled Business Process Outsourcing IT-enabled professional services in Finance, Sourcing, Human Resources, and IT solutions from the Philippines for 3M company.
In her speech, the Vice President emphasized the need to empower women by providing them opportunities to livelihood to sustain their own families. “Seeing the struggles of our sisters who fall prey to abusive relationships opened my eyes to the bigger picture: More than an issue of gender and equal opportunities for all, the root of the problem is really economic. To address gender inequality and women empowerment, we have to search for means where they can provide for their own.”