Outstanding women of mining took spotlight as they were recognized for the first time during the Mines and Geosciences Bureau MIMAROPA Region’s annual Gender Sensitivity Training at the Century Park Hotel Manila in Malate, Manila, November 28-29.

Coinciding with the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, and in the celebration of the MGB’s 121st founding anniversary, the MGB MIMAROPA Region, through its Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (FPS), conferred awards to institutions and individuals who have made gender equality the norm.

“The establishment of an incentives and awards system for outstanding women of mining and most gender-sensitive mining company in the MIMAROPA Region is something that should encourage more organizations to fully institutionalize GAD policies for us to have a more welcoming environment for women, especially in the workplace,” Regional Director Roland de Jesus said.

The 2019 Woman in Mining in the Public Sector awardee, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary for Mining Concerns Nonita Caguioa, shared her experiences as then Regional Director for MGB Region VIII, and the personal and work values she learned from her stint in the private and public sectors. 


DENR Asec. Nonita S. Caguioa

Meanwhile, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) Vice President for Operations Rommel Cruz expressed appreciation for being awarded the 2019 Most Gender Sensitive Mining Company in the MIMAROPA Region for establishing a culture which helps nurture and empower women by providing equal opportunities and encouraging the development of skills not limited to their gender.

RTNMC VP for Operations Rommel Cruz and Nickel Asia Corporation VP for Internal Audit Maria Angela Villamor together with MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director Roland de Jesus, Mine Management Division Chief Ellengrace Galiste, and Finance and Administrative Division Chief Bon Kristoffer Gabay

Lastly, RTNMC Resident Mine Manager Engr. Cynthia Rosero, the very first female mining engineer to hold this position, tackled how their organization promotes women empowerment by providing them with great opportunities on and off the mine site.

RTNMC Resident Mine Manager Engr. Cynthia Rosero

MGB MIMAROPA Region GAD FPS also acknowledged RD de Jesus for his commitment to advancing gender equality and women empowerment in the minerals industry as demonstrated by his support in the gender-sensitive programs of the Office.

Female employees of the MGB MIMAROPA Region with RD de Jesus

The first part of the annual activity highlighted discussions which sought to empower all  MGB personnel and its stakeholders to discover their significant roles and contributions on ending violence against women and children within various institutions.

Lectures also focused on how government agencies can develop programs and activities to create space for community awareness and participation in preventing and effectively addressing gender-based violence.

Ms. Beverly Wico Siy, writer and translator, shared stories on breaking gender stereotypes with emphasis on how gender issues should aim for balance.

Mr. Arnold Jarn Ford Gesta Buhisan, training specialist from the Department of Social Welfare and Development emphasized why there is a need to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE) equality.

PLt. Maricar Ansus of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center, and Ms. Ana Ebo of the Catholics for Reproductive Health, tackled the salient features of Republic Act 9262 or the “Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004,” and Republic Act 11313 or “The Safe Spaces Act,” respectively.

Finally, the MGB MIMAROPA Region GAD FPS also presented the GAD plans for CY 2020, and presentations on women in mining and maintaining a gender-sensitive workplace.