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MGB conducts the Strategic Planning for the 2018 MGB GAD Work Plan and Budget and Orientation on Basic Concepts on Gender and Development

In line with the Gender and Development goals embodied in the Magna Carta of Women, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau conducted the Strategic Planning for the 2018 Mines and Geosciences Bureau GAD Work Plan and Budget and Orientation on Basic Concepts on Gender and Development on September 26 to 30, 2016 at the Camelot Hotel in Quezon City, Metro Manila which was attended by GAD representatives of MGB Central Office and Regional Offices.

The first day of the activity commenced with an opening ceremony wherein the participants were acknowledged by the MGB Central Office. In the afternoon, the film entitled Boses was shown by Erasto Production.  The film revolves around the themes of repairing broken lives, finding dignity and gaining redemption in meaningful endeavors.  As the film strongly depicts heart-wrenching child abuse and violence, it intrinsically stirs the viewers to revisit the deepest core of their beliefs and values.  Boses is a film that affirms the strength of the human spirit.

Ms. Lorenza A. Umali, Gender and Development Specialist, conducted the Orientation on Basic Gender and Development Concepts on the second day of the activity. As stated by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Gender and Development perspective and processes seek to achieve gender equality. The PCW envisions women as active agents of development and not just passive recipients of development assistance.

 To strengthen the participants’ knowledge of the legal foundations of Gender and Development, Ms. Umali gave the Orientation on Major Gender and Development Policies.  She presented Joint Circular 2012-01, otherwise known as the Guidelines for the Preparation of Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget and Accomplishment Report to Implement the Magna Carta of Women.  Policy Guidelines such as the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development; The Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Organizational Performance Indicator Framework; Executive Order No. 43 (Pursuing our Social Contract with the Filipino People through the Reorganization of the Cabinet Clusters); Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women; General Appropriations Act (GAA); UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; MDGs and BPIA were reviewed in the discussions. Ms. Umali laid emphasis on the Magna Carta of Women stipulations that “all agencies, offices, bureaus, SUCs, GOCCs, LGUs and other government instrumentalities shall formulate their annual GAD Plans, Programs and Budgets within the context of their mandates.”  As for the general guidelines, the following topics were discussed:  1. Annual conduct of GAD planning and budgeting; 2. Inclusion of GAD Plan and Budget in the agency budget proposal; 3. GAD budget as part of agencies’ approved budget; 4. Use of existing tools such as the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) for gender analysis; and 5. Agency GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) as lead in gender mainstreaming.

Ms. Umali expounded on the Steps in Formulating the GAD Plan; Allocation of the GAD Budget; GAD Budget Attribution; Submission, Review and Endorsement of Agency GAD Plans and Budgets; Implementation and Monitoring of the GPB; Preparation of GAD Accomplishment Report and Audit of GAD funds.

On the third day of the activity, Ms. Umali conducted a discussion on GAD Guidelines – Gender Analysis Tool for Programs, Projects and Activities.  The in-depth presentation of the Process of Attribution to the GAD Budget was given by Ms. Umali.

The GAD Specialist presented the Overview and Policies on the Philippines’ Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines.  She stated the background of the said guidelines which is anchored on the National Economic and Development Authority-National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NEDA-NCRFW) Guidelines for Developing and Implementing Gender-Responsive Programs and Projects and Republic Act No. 7192 (Women in Development and Nation Building Act).  She discussed the integration of GAD perspective in development planning processes and various stages of the project cycle and addressing the issues of inadequate sex-disaggregated data and the statistics for development planning and programming.  Ms. Umali stressed that the promotion of the twin goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment is the essence of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines.

Ms. Umali also presented and discussed the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGG) Checklist for Program/Project Identification, Planning and Design; Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGG) Checklist for Program/Project Management and Implementation and Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGG) Checklist for Program/Project Monitoring and Evaluation at length.

A workshop on the Application of Checklists for Programs, Projects and Activities followed after the comprehensive discussions.  Ms. Umali mentored and assisted the participants during the workshop.  She reminded them that the HGG rating system also helps in identifying programs or projects from which “useful practices” may be highlighted and shared, as it demonstrates how gender equality and women’s empowerment ideals can be fulfilled. The participants were guided well in accomplishing the checklists and interpreting the total GAD score that will determine the attribution of a project to the GAD Budget.  After the workshop, a plenary ensued wherein the participants presented their outputs which were thoroughly reviewed by the GAD Specialist.

On the fourth day, the heart of the matter of the activity was discussed.  The Inputs to MGB GAD Plan and Budget was presented by Ms. Umali. She expounded on the elements of the GAD Plan and Budget Matrix/Template.  In the same way, the Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Accomplishment Report Template was presented and discussed at length by Ms. Umali. The 2017 MGB GAD Plan and Budget and 2016 GAD Accomplishment Reports of some Regional Offices were presented by their representatives. On the same note, the participants drafted their inputs to the 2018 GAD Plan and Budget which were reviewed by Ms. Umali.  In order to assist and prepare the participants in their undertakings, she mentored the participants and gave a straightforward discussion on identifying gender issues and integrating gender perspectives in MGB programs, projects and activities.

On the last day of the activity, some of the participants were asked to present their outputs which were constructively critiqued by the GAD Specialist.  It was followed by a plenary discussion and synthesis in which some participants shared their insights.  Some participants also imparted their realizations and learning experiences which the MGB Central Office Working Committee appreciated and took note of.

The activity culminated in a closing ceremony which was graced by DENR Undersecretary and concurrent MGB Director Mario Luis J. Jacinto. Exuding humility and goodwill, he stated that government work must be marked by discipline, commitment, service, teamwork and integrity. After acknowledging the active participation of the MGB Central Office and Regional Office representatives, Usec. Jacinto encouraged the participants to remain committed to public service.


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MGB ROXIII takes part in the 2016 Women’s Month Culminating Program

Personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII took part in the 2016 Women’s Month Culminating Program spearheaded by the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) on March 31, 2016 at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds in Butuan City. With the theme “Kaayuhan ni Juana, I-apil sa Adyenda!,” this year’s Women’s Month celebration resonates the call for gender balance in leadership and decision-making positions in public and private sectors; inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms and the government’s development agenda; and capacitating and preparing women and girls to fulfill their ambitions.  Various national line agencies and local government units participated in the event to support the advocacy concerning Filipino women.

The event started with a Zumba session, followed by the One Billion Rising unified dance that represents advocacy to end Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) which is a global human issue nowadays. The participants danced to express their joy and celebrate the fact that violence can be defeated through collective action. Through dance, the participants believe that people will rise to express rage against injustices and uphold the power of global solidarity.

Director Resurreccion Pueyo of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) introduced Atty. Samuel Rollo of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as the guest speaker of the event.  Atty. Rollo talked about the upcoming national election on May 9, 2016. He emphasized that the COMELEC has switched from Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to Vote-Counting Machines (VCM). He also exSONY DSCplained the new election process for the information and increased awareness of everyone. Furthermore, he mentioned the preparations done by the agency such as the series of repeated tests for each machine until the so-called Final Testing and Sealing (FTS) of the VCM as well as efforts to resolve manipulation issues.

The event concluded in the “Laro ng Lahi”facilitated by selected DENR Caraga sub-offices. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau ROXIII facilitated one of the games called sack race. Aside from bringing enjoyment and unity, the games strengthened the camaraderie among the participants.

The collective efforts of the RDC-GADCC, national line agencies and local government units in Caraga Region led to the overall success of the event.


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MGB ROXIII and various national line agencies celebrate Blue Day

In observance of the 2016 National Women’s Month with the theme “An Karajawan ni Juana, Ilakip sa Adyenda!,” personnel from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII celebrated Blue Day on March 8, 2016 at the Surigao City Boulevard.

Bringing with them festive blue balloons, representatives from various national line agencies participated in the said activity. The significance of the event is to promote the advocacy as it raises the level of public awareness of gender-related issues and appreciation for women’s contributions to society. The activity started with a fun walk from the City Hall compound down to the City Boulevard in front of the City Police Station where a short program was held.

Dr. Arlene T. Felizarta of the Surigao City Health Office delivered a short message about the story behind the activity and how Blue Day came to be. She also thanked the women who actively supported the Blue Day activity. She explained that the color blue symbolizes peace, truth and justice for women.

After the informative message, Ms. Diana C. Edera, LGU-GAD Focal Person, gave instructions that everyone must participate in forming the gender symbol of a female before releasing the balloons. At around 4:30 P.M., everyone started to release the blue balloons to symbolize the great hope that all forms of injustices and violence will vanish forever. The activity ended with group pictorials.

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MGB ROXIII joins 12th Women’s Month Kalandrakas

In keeping with the 2016 National Women’s Month Celebration, personnel of theMines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII joined the 12th Kalandrakas on March 8, 2016 at Balanghai Hotel & Convention Center in Butuan City.

With the theme “Kaayuhan ni Juana, I-apil sa Adyenda!,” the event was spearheaded by the Gender and Development Coordinating Council Committee (GADCC) under the Regional Development Council of Caraga with the support of national line agencies and local government units.  Ms. Edna S. Hontiveros, Vice Chair of the RDC-GADCC, delivered a message to welcome all guests and participants. Her message primarily focused on the contributions of women in society with emphasis on social issues that still need to be addressed. Atty. Allen M. Gasulas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-Caraga) discussed the role of their department in addressing women’s issues in the bureaucracy.

The highlight of the celebration was the recognition of the successful women entrepreneurs in Caraga and their notable achievements. The 2016 Regional Outstanding Rural Woman was awarded to Ms. Paterna M. Velasquez from Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. The recognition served as an inspiration to women and other individuals who aspire to excel in their chosen fields.

gad_3_2Fruit carving and bartending skills of students from Caraga State University were showcased during the event. Among the activities conducted during the event were skills demonstration (sushi and paella making), trade fair, raffle draw, garage sale and face painting.

The event did not only create an avenue for camaraderie and convergence but it also reminded the participants of the significant contributions and influence of women in society.

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MGB ROXIII personnel join the One Billion Rising Revolution

Personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII joined the One Billion Rising event on February 12, 2016 at the Robinson’s Mall Atrium in Butuan City.

With the theme “One Billion Rising: Rise for Revolution,” the event was spearheaded by the Gender and Development Coordinating Council Committee (GADCC) under the Regional Development Council of Caraga with the support of national line agencies.  The GADCC Co-Chairperson, Ms. Edna S. Hontiveros, delivered a short message about the history of the One Billion Rising movement and its advocacies.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in history.  This year’s theme calls for “structural, systemic, long-term change” to intensify actions and advocacies to put an end to women abuse and domestic violence.

The highlight of the event was the unified dance entitled “Break the Chain” which was led by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of Caraga.  As an integral part of One Billion Rising events, the unified dance serves as a call for global solidarity to end violence against women.  The event concluded in a pulsating Zumba session which was led by Zumba instructors from Butuan City.  After almost an hour of dancing, the participants experienced camaraderie, unity and empowerment.

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