The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Regional Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point and Information Officer participated in the virtual Training on Gender-Responsive Behavior Changes to Address Climate Change, September 30-October 1, via Zoom platform.

Spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources GAD Office, this two-day training-workshop sought to “enhance the skills of the Agency’s Regional GAD Focal Points and information officers in communicating the concerns on climate change to communities, and influence their behavior to continue to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt a gender-responsive, climate-smart and resilient lifestyle.”

Among the topics discussed were Observed Climate Trends and Projected Climate Change in the Philippines by Ms. Thelma Cinco (Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration); and Gender, Climate Change and Disasters: Issues and Recommended Programs and Action by Prof. Ma. Corazon Jimenez-Tan (University of the Philippines College of Social Work and Community Development).

Ms. Rocky Sanchez Tirona (Fish Forever - Rare) also tackled Inspiring Behavior Adoption for the Environment and Climate; while communications specialist Psyche Roxas-Mendoza presented the General Framework for Action Planning: Communicating Gender Responsiveness and Climate Resilience.

Aside from increasing the level of knowledge of participants on issues concerning gender and climate change impact and mitigation, the participants were also tasked to develop regional communication plans on “gender-responsive climate change needs behavior change” campaigns, and action plans to ensure inclusion of gender-responsive programs on climate change adaptation and mitigation at the local level.