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MGB RXIII Gender and Development Focal Point System observes World Water Day

The Gender and Development Focal Point System of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted a mangrove planting activity on March 22, 2017 in Brgy. San Isidro, Surigao City in keeping with the 2017 World Water Day Celebration.

With the theme “Wastewater,” this year’s celebration centers on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse it as over 80% of all wastewater
from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture that flows back to the environment results in pollution and loss of nutrients. This calls for the need to improve the collection, treatment and safe reuse of wastewater. Similarly, the reduction of the quantity and pollution load of wastewater we produce is strongly encouraged in order to help protect the environment and our water resources.

Inspired by its clear-cut intent to intensify public awareness of the significant role of mangroves in preserving coastal ecosystems and maintaining the good quality of water, the MGB RXIII Gender and Development Focal Point System believes that a mangrove planting activity is a meaningful way of supporting the celebration.  The employees saw the importance of mangroves in filtering water and maintaining its quality and clarity.

The employees passed through a dense nipa plantation before they reached the mangrove sanctuary.  Carrying propagules and planting tools, they carefully crossed the muddy and slippery area toward their destination.  The men went ahead of the women to clear the way and help them walk through as some portions are steeped in water. Amidst the soft glow of the morning sun, the MGB RXIII employees waded through the cool waters and eagerly went knee-deep to plant mangrove propagules within the stretch of the mangrove sanctuary in Brgy. San Isidro.

After the completion of their undertaking, the employees paused for a while to appreciate the lush sanctuary and the tranquil mood that envelopes the area. The employees have proven that involvement in such cause-oriented activities assists in preserving the environment, sustaining the vital web of life and achieving the dynamic symbiosis of people and nature.

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MGB RXIII Gender and Development Focal Point System takes part in We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Gender and Development Focal Point System took part in the We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum on March 15, 2017 at the CAP Auditorium in Davao City.The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Gender and Development Focal Point System took part in the We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum on March 15, 2017 at the CAP Auditorium in Davao City.

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte directed “all agencies, oversight bodies and local government units down to the barangay level to fully implement the Magna Carta of Women” in order to ensure that man and woman will be partners in the pursuit of the country’s economic, social, cultural and political developments. The first National Women’s Month Celebration under the new administration focused on partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women (Republic Act 9710) which is intrinsically captured through the theme: “WE Make Change Work for Women.

As one of the 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration activities, the said forum aimed to celebrate women’s journey by sharing inspiring stories of positive change in their chosen fields in order to encourage their fellow women to become empowered agents of change. It served as a venue for women to inspire, appreciate and support each other. The Philippine Commission on Women and the City Government of Davao through the Integrated Gender and Development Division organized the forum. Women and men from national government agencies, local government units, non-government and people’s organizations, private sector, and schools based in the island group of Mindanao attended the said forum as the last part of the We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum which was held in three series.

The event started with the welcome remarks of the Davao City Administrator, Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez.  “Women have come a long way from being silent change agents to empowered change agents.  With this forum, let us use this platform to inspire and empower other women through the stories that will be shared by the resource speakers.  It is our hope that the participants will someday share their own stories of empowerment,” Atty. Lopez stated.

The opening message was delivered by Ms. Cristita Triunfante, PCW Commissioner representing the Academe Sector.  In her message, Ms. Triunfante expressed that the forum is a very herstoric event as the last leg of the We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hails from Davao and the city is recognized as one of the local learning hubs by the Philippine Commission on Women which means that the city has best practices which can be shared to other places in the country. The forum is our way to celebrate our very own journey by listening to women of various backgrounds, profession and ages share with us their inspiring stories of change.  Thus, we will be hearing stories of joys and pains, resistances and challenges, and struggles which later resulted in fruitful outcomes that contributed to change.  As we listen to their stories, we hope to create a space where women can appreciate each other and create an environment supportive of each other… a space where we can embrace and tap each other’s back.  At the end of the forum, we expect to instill in everyone’s heart that we women are changemakers and we can create positive changes in our communities in our little ways,” Ms. Triunfante said.

During the forum proper, exceptional women leaders and educators shared their distinctive stories and career journeys which centered on the following topics:

How ICTs help advance women’s empowerment?
                        Michelle Tapia
                        Head, Globe Telecom Inc. – Education and Digital Learning Strategy
and Innovation

Embracing cultural and religious diversity 
                        Samira Ali Gutoc
Member, Bangsamoro Transition Commission

Women and Peace
Atty. Angela Librado Trinidad
Government of the Philippines Peace Panel Member
                        Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process

Why is there a need for a gender-sensitive and responsive education?
                  Lourdesita Sobrevega-Chan
                        Chair, Ateneo De Davao University Research Council

An open discussion followed after the talk of each resource person wherein some participants expressed their appreciation, shared substantial views and raised several queries. The resource persons addressed the various matters that were raised by the participants.

At the forum, all participants were provided with information materials such as Republic Act 7877 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995), Republic Act 8353 (The Anti-Rape Law of 1997), Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act 10364 (The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, as amended by the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012), Republic Act 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004) and Republic Act 9710 (Magna Carta of Women). Similarly, a compact disc featuring the first-ever Lupang Hinirang Music Video with An All-Women cast produced by the Philippine Commission on Women in partnership with the Government Service Insurance System was given to all  participating agencies, units, organizations, sectors, and schools.

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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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