The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) in coordination with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) celebrates the National Women’s Month which is celebrated every March with the theme, “Juana, ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”
In line with this celebration Inspiring Changes: Stories of Empowered Juanas, an event that recognized the resiliency of women from different sectors of the community like the Women Leaders of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Women Survivors of Disasters, Women from Indigenous Peoples Community, Women Entrepreneur who are recipients of Social Livelihood Program and Women from Centers and Institution.
The winner from the category of Women from Indigenous Peoples Community is Lucy F. Badar, 41 years old, a member of Aeta tribe residing in Barangay Cabatuan, Botolan, Zambales.
Jerry Miguel Badar married Lucy and became parents of two children, Princess Jillian and Johnuel who were enrolled in grades 1 and 2. Jerry is working abroad as a laborer who provides the family’s monthly allowance.
As a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social Work with eligibility on professional civil service, Lucy had given significant contributions and is also an active member of the community.
In June 1991-April 1993, she worked a s a Day Care worker in Brgy. Cabatuan and Brgy. Saraza as a molder of good moral values of pre-schoolers ages 3-4.
From 2001 to 2002, Lucy worked as an activator in National Commission of Indigenous Peoples for her own community by teaching them how to write, read and at the same time uplift their spiritual values. As a result, the Aetas from her community were able to interact with other people.
For almost a year, Project Development Institute Inc. hired her as a Land Tenure Improvement Community Organizer. Her job was to identify all public lands of Zambales to see if it is covered by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) or a part of ancestral domain which is to be distributed to the people’s organization or to the families that belong to the poorest of the poor.
Lucy not only served her people but she also became a Community Development Worker for Sentro Para sa Ikakaunlad ng Agham at Teknolohiya that serves fisher folks. She was tasked to organize them and empower them through seminars and by providing them a stable source of income through livelihood programs. In 2013, she was hired as documenter during the Grassroots Budgeting Meeting.
Her experiences in community service and development helped her when she became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and was appointed as a Parent Leader in 2012.
Lucy dedicates her weekdays for the children in the IP community as she gathers children ages 3-5 to teach them how to read and write for free and during summer she also gives time to teach teens. She also became an advocate of women empowerment by organizing a regular meeting that teaches them their rights and their roles in society. Lucy also helps them by providing them knowledge on how to have an additional income for their families’ every day needs.