The activity also highlighted discussions on the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act, gender-sensitive communication, and the Magna Carta of Women.

Dr. Dayo stressed the need for the MGB to conduct more research and develop a participatory program to address the particular needs and concerns of the men and women in its host communities, thus, creating a gender-sensitive community.

She added that it is important to recognize that there is indeed gender inequality, and that understanding gender biases or stereotypes can help empower oneself.

Dr. Dayo also advised the MGB to be more creative in helping the people in voicing out their needs. She said the Office can coordinate with other agencies and institutions to address people’s concerns, and provide technical support in identified productive resources that the community can access.

With regards to the creation of a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) of Sexual Harassment Cases, Dr. Dayo referred to the Civil Service administrative rules and disciplinary action and recommended a review of the cases covered by the Office’s existing Grievance Committee which currently handles incidents of sexual harassment.

In terms of designing programs and projects, Dr. Dayo pointed out the need to provide gender data bases, and determine the issues and concerns that can be considered by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) as GAD programs.  

RD De Jesus addresses the participants of the two-day GAD training.

Dr. Dayo further suggested a review of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and whether there are contradicting provisions which can be subjected for possible amendments.

For his part, MGB-MIMAROPA Regional Director Roland de Jesus reminded all staff and employees of their vital role in the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly through the Social Development and Management Program. He also shared how the number of women in technical positions increased during his watch.

The two-day training concluded with an activity where divisions were tasked to come up with their respective GAD plan and research as part of the exercises. Among the common recommendations are the need to include existing baseline data in identifying and assessing the impacts of a particular program, SWOT analysis and socio-economic survey in host communities, and considering violence against women in the design of the proposed projects.

RD De Jesus and Dr. Maria Helen Dayo pose with the MGB-MIMAROPA Region employees.