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Stories of individuals and organizations empowering women and their communities amidst the climate crisis and COVID-19 pandemic are highlighted in this year’s National Women’s Month Celebration, March 31, spearheaded by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Regional Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (FPS).

With the theme, “Women Can Make Change Amidst Climate Crisis and COVID-19,” this activity aimed to strengthen collaboration between the MGB and its stakeholders to develop a mechanism that will encourage women in mining communities to get involved in decision and policy making on how their natural resources should be utilized and preserved.

Ms. Venice Teresa Guian, Community Relations Supervisor of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC), presented the company’s efforts in providing opportunities for women to take part in the planning and implementation of the programs and activities under their Social Development and Management Program.

Meanwhile, Ms. Deborah Arquio, Community Relations Department Officer-in-Charge of Berong Nickel Corporation (BNC), shared their best practices and initiatives in promoting gender equality in the workplace and community.

The MGB MIMAROPA Regional GAD FPS also recognized Ms. Eleonor Canaway from Berong, Quezon, Palawan as the recipient of the “Bidang Juana sa Gitna ng Pandemya Award” for braving the pandemic in providing innovation to deliver results and achieve progress in her community. 

Lastly, RTNMC is awarded the “2021 Gender Sensitive Mining Company in the MIMAROPA Region” for ensuring the involvement of women in its initiatives and response to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Empowering stories of women2MGB MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Dr. Edwin M. Mojares during his opening remarks

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Engr. Ellengrace R. Galiste, MGB MIMAROPA Mine Management Division Chief and GAD FPS Chairperson, during the awarding of the 2021 GAD Awards

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Ms. Venice Teresa Guian during the presentation of the programs and activities of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation

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Ms. Deborah Arquio during the presentation of the programs and activities of Berong Nickel Corporation

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GAD FPS Vice Chairperson Ms. Rocelyn Rebullante during the presentation of the “Bidang Juana sa Gitna ng Pandemya Award”

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Engr. Galiste during the awarding of the “Bidang Juana sa Gitna ng Pandemya Award” to Ms. Eleonor Canaway

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Engr. Galiste during the awarding of the “2021 Gender Sensitive Mining Company in the MIMAROPA Region” to Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation represented by Mr. Reynaldo dela Rosa