“We at Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) pay tribute to the zeal and devotion of the men and women of the agency who continue to contribute towards the promotion and protection of the rights of children at risk and children in conflict with the law,” said Executive Director Atty. Tricia Clare A. Oco as the agency tookpart in the celebration of this year’s National Women’s Month with the theme “Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran”.

For 2021, the JJWC ensured that its programs, policies,and campaigns promoted gender equality and women empowerment. Among its accomplishments were the development and dissemination of Minimum Standards of Bahay Pag-Asa (wherein it included standards related to gender equality, human rights, and disability); participation in the International Day of the Girl Child and 18 Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women;and Creation of Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI).

It also had orientations on Knowledge Management on Gender and Development (GAD), Joint Circular no. 2012-01, and Basics of GAD.

Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework Assessment, Harmonized GAD Guidelines Training-Workshop, and Anti-Sexual Harassment (ASH) in the Workplace for CODI Members were also conducted.


As a Juana and a JJWC employee, Ms. Imelda Yumul, Project Development Officer, shared that “being a woman with a sense of self-worth, who knows her rights, and who can influence or empower others by having equal access to opportunities and resources to end gender inequality” is her contribution in making change towards development for women and society.

Further, J/CSupt Efren Altamira Nemeño, DPA, TLPE, Regional Director of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology VII expressed his praises to all the Juanas, “Each woman is unique, skillful, and beautiful in different ways that contribute to the development and changes in our community. To all women in theworld, I salute your bravery. Shine on not just today but every day”.


In celebration of National Women’s Month, the JJWC has initiated activities to recognize the role of women and their contribution to nation-building as agents of national development.

The agency conducted an online forum entitled Making Change for Women: Orientation on New Legislation Affecting Women to help the JJWC employees fully understand and appreciate the two new legislation affecting women – Republic Act (RA) 11642: Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act and RA 11596: Child Marriage Act.

In support of Musika ng Kababaihan Fridays, the JJWC spearheaded a group singing competition for all its personnel. It aimed to showcase JJWC talents and articulate their dreams and contributions toward gender equality and women empowerment.

The rendition of A Million Dreams of RJJWC BARMM won first place while the performance of Ms. April Joy Balmaceda, Ms. Noimie Aniano, and Mr. Roger Torreverde from the National Secretariat of This is Every Woman’s Fight bagged the second place.

JJWC also adapted some of the Philippine Commission on Women’s activities. RJJWCVI, IX, BARMM, and CARAGA conducted virtual Gender and Development forums that were participated in by residents and staff of Bahay Pag-Asa.

In addition, the National and Regional Secretariats joined the #PurpleTuesday initiative by wearing anything purple on all the Tuesdays of March.