“Women and Children’s Rights and Roles in the Community”

By Mario A. Manaor Jr., M.D.


In celebration of women advocacy, the Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) Month is annually celebrated in March at Batangas Medical Center (BatMC) as well as in other regions of the country.

This year’s event is dedicated to women and children who are fighting for their rights and roles in the community. Amidst Covid-19 pandemic, the Women and Children Protection Unit (WCPU) has not experienced a decline but doubled its reported number of cases. With this distressful event, the Department of OB-GYN chose to focus on the theme: Anti-Violence Against Women and Children.

On March 1, the department launched its month-long activities through an audiovisual presentation (AVP) aired at Batangas Medical Center HRMO Facebook group. A short message from Dr. Ramoncito C. Magnaye, Medical Center Chief II and an opening speech from Dr. Rena Cristina Koa-Malaya, Department Chair, formally opened the OB-GYN Month. During this program, the BatMC OB Department also announced the winner of their Logo Making Contest for the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Section which was participated by hospital employees. The entry of Dr. Jonathan Sabadao, Medical Officer IV from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, won as the best logo which will be used by the said department.



A holy mass was celebrated at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City which was also broadcasted to different online and social media platforms.


Various activities are scheduled for the OB-GYN Month such as series of virtual lectures every Friday of March covering topics on Magna Carta for Women, Sexual Harassment in the workplace and Medico Legal and VAWC related Laws which aimed to empower the hospital employees. There will also be a gift giving activity for the patients of Out Patient Services.




The first virtual “Reunion Party” of the OB Department will be on March 31. All alumni from 1966 to present were invited to this awaited charity event in which the proceeds will be donated to the Regional Haven for Women and Girls in Rosario, Batangas.



More than ensuring clean and safe deliveries and good health of mothers and babies, the OB-GYN department is also one with the nation in protecting women and children. Our commitment in taking care of them goes beyond the delivery room. And it is during our OB Month where we focus on doing what we are here for by providing holistic reproductive health, fostering women's advocacy and upholding the highest ethical standard of practice through excellent health care delivery for all. Our mission will never change most especially in these difficult times.