The Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) Gender and Development (GAD) unit took the lead in raising the flag to mark the beginning of the 2024 National Women’s Month celebration. Joined by ASCOT employees and students, the event kicked off a month-long tribute to the invaluable contributions of women in society.

Following the flag-raising ceremony, Maxi M. Marte, Director of ASCOT’s Gender and Development (GAD), extended a warm welcome to all attendees.”Mayroon po tayong Women’s month para gunitain ang ambag ng kababaihan sa ating lipunan,” said Marte.

President Reyes, in his address to ASCOT employees, reiterated the importance of acknowledging the duties and responsibilities borne by women, whether in domestic or professional capacities. “Tunay na mahagala ang mga tungkulin na ginagampanan ng mga kababaihan, since in time of memorial, may mga tungkulin ng ginagampanan ang mga kababaihan ito man ay sa bahay o sa trabaho,” President Reyes stated.

He also provided updates on recent institutional developments, notably the proposed bill to elevate ASCOT to university status. Expressing eager anticipation for progress, he emphasized the institution’s commitment to advancing its services to the community. “Noong nakaraang lingo, ay binasa sa plenaryo ang bill para ang ASCOT ay maging isang unibersidad. Tayo ay binigyan ng limang (5) taon upang ito ay maisakatuparan, pero, I want it the soonest as possible,” President Reyes announced.

Highlighting ASCOT’s dedication to community outreach, President Reyes stressed the need for collective effort in extending the institution’s services to its immediate surroundings. “We need to bring the services of ASCOT to its immediate community, tulong-tulong sama-sama tayo,” President Reyes emphasized.

As part of the month-long celebration, ASCOT GAD has planned a series of activities. For more details, you are encouraged to visit the ASCOT – GAD’s Facebook page.