We rise by lifting others. That truism is especially important amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for mothers to encourage and empower other mothers at a time when social interaction is limited. Hearing positive words from people who understands what you are going through can joy and hopefully lessen any burden.
“To all mothers, stay strong, focused and continue to be positive. If you fall off the wagon, do not deteriorate and get back on it. With the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and stimulus checks that have come in, save up because our economy faces uncertainty and it is always good that we have savings. Practice, preach to others and do not be complacent doing the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance). I am actually glad that, since mothers are always home with the children, they have taken up school again or are pursuing higher learning. Keep it up, pursue your goals in spite of what is going on and never stop learning. I believe that when there is a strong woman in the household, the house will always stand, is clean, and the children are obedient and kind.”
—Janice Tenorio, Customer Service manager and Government Relations manager, IT&E
“Mothers are superwomen. They work double time to take care of the children, help with home schooling and juggle work and their careers. I know they are doing the best that they can so keep it up, moms!”
—Sandy Tse, San Vicente
“When my daughter was growing up I had to juggle my time with taking care of her and working. After work I had to hurry home to help her with homework. But things are different now and I’m glad my daughter is now an adult. I’ve seen mothers struggle with the same things I did but more so because of the pandemic. I give props, support and admiration to the mothers today.”
—Lou Camacho, Koblerville
“My mom passed away a year ago and this is our first Mother’s Day without her. …I miss her but we are going to honor her by remembering her. I can share with other mothers what my own mom taught me, [like] life lesson at home—’Always be kind’ and ‘Do not talk about anyone behind their back.’ At work, she always said to just do the right thing and do your best all the time.”
—Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente
“As a mom, we want to keep the family safe and for sure this is the priority of every mother. So I say to them, ‘Stay strong [and] think of your health. You need to be strong and healthy for your family.’ Resiliency of families is key especially during this pandemic and we want to be able to fight it. I continue to encourage not only the mothers but parents to get vaccinated. Soon, even children 12- 15 years old hopefully will be able to get the Pfizer vaccine, which is good news.”
—Esther Muña, CEO, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.
“Two of my children are young adults…and one is still in grade 12. My heart smiles every time I hear them call my name…because it makes me feel needed and loved. This pandemic, we all need supermom power and what better way to get this but from the loving gestures that our children shows us.”
—Niza Agcaoili, businesswoman