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Isabela City Mayor and Local Nutrition Committee Chair Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman participated as a panelist at the Organization of R9 Lady Influencers on Nutrition, focusing on the Power of Women to Make a Difference on Nutrition. This event, organized by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), was held on September 29 at Grand Astoria Hotel in Zamboanga City.
In her insightful message, Mayor Turabin-Hataman underscored the pivotal role of women in local governance, emphasizing their unique strengths and perspectives. She presented key points: first, the formidable power that emerges when women unite, particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic; second, her analogy likening local governance to housekeeping, highlighting how women’s innate qualities of multitasking and empathy make them ideal for this role; third, her personal background in community work, where her desire for direct impact led her from non-governmental organizations to a position as a mayor; and fourth, her strong emphasis on accountability and the tangible impact of government funding on communities, such as the improved access to healthcare and education that comes with better infrastructure. She also champions the indispensable contributions of women to local governance and the need for governance to be grounded in tangible, community-centered results.
“Women are really more inclined towards good housekeeping in governance. We have a natural tendency for preservation, nurturing, and production. While men historically played roles centered on protection, provision, and conquest, women possess the ability to multitask, consider priorities, manage with sensitivity, and address the needs of various sectors. This is why, in the context of governance, it’s like housekeeping – looking at the big picture, managing resources, and being in touch with our feminine side as women… Women are more inclined to look for tangible outcomes and ways to benefit people on a grassroots level,” said Mayor Turabin-Hataman.
The event centered on bringing the group together, fostering a greater understanding of their potential contributions to the community, and reinforcing the bonds among its members as empowered individuals.
In attendance at the event were several notable individuals, including NNC Development Management Officer Marissa Ibrahim, DOLE IX Assistant Regional Director Imelda Gatinao, DOH-CHD IX Assistant Regional Director Dr. Lenny Joy Johnson-Rivera, Imelda Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay Mayor Roselyn Silva, NNC Project Development Officer Ayesa Gay Bejerano, and NNC IX Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa Ekong.