Working Women and Working Youth Welfare Organization

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The Working Women and Working Youth Welfare Organization (WWWYO) was formerly the Bureau of Women and Minor Auxiliary (BWMA) which was organized on June 21, 1971. Its aim is to provide staff that will support the Bureau of Women and Minors of the Department of Labor and Employment. The BMWA was a bureau with only 18 personnel. In May 1971, Lucina C. Alday, former Manila City Councilor took over as Director of the bureau when Carmen Herrera Acosta retired.

Alday's deep concern for women and youth welfare, she decided to implement to the fullest the provisions of the Woman and Child Labor Laws, hence the maximum interpretation to the provisions of the Woman and Child Labor Laws; to promote their general welfare. The need for an auxiliary group became extremely necessary.

Spearheaded by its first president, Leonora F. Pascual of The Department of Agriculture, followed by Zorayda A. Tamano, wife of Senator Mamintal Tamano, the pioneer group focused on guidance and counseling and attending to the needs of working women and youth, organization of disadvantaged women and youth especially the socially disadvantaged. Altars were placed in their dormitories and were encouraged to pray the rosary.

The group organized different chapters in the different regions of the country. Among the active members were Amelia Gordon of Zambales, Teresita Duoaya of Cagayan and Judge Milagros Nartatez of Davao.

The women and the youth were encouraged to know their rights as workers, with all the benefits from the Social Security System (SSS). With the help of the auxiliary they were able to pursue further studies and obtain benefits for their dependents. The auxiliary annually sponsored the search for Nine Exemplary Working Youth (NEWY). Some of those who were chosen are now successful in their field as businessmen, lawyers, city/municipal councilors and teachers.

When Director Alday retired in 1982, the auxiliary was not called to assist the present Bureau, hence the change of name to Working Women and Working Youth Welfare Organization and up to now continuing with the work of helping the working women and working youth.

Reference

  • National Council of Women in the Philippines.

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