The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) through its Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) conducted a two-day event dubbed as “Gender Sensitivity and Gender Responsive Training for Research Centers” and “Workshop on the Application of Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines in ENR Research Programs and Projects” to MDARRC regular employees on February 24-25, 2016 at MDARRC Research Station 1, Amas, Kidapawan City, Cotabato.
Mr. Juan B. Ebora, Ms. Emma L. Ebora and Ms. Esperanza R. Talero of ERDB-GADFPS facilitated the event and served as resource persons.
The said event was a response of ERDB-GADFPS to Rule VI, Section 37.C. of the Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women which requires all personnel of the agency to be capacitated on GAD and in accordance with DAO No. 7 Series of 1995 or the “Guidelines for the Implementation of Gender and Development Activities in the DENR” under Section 1 which states “to integrate GAD issues and concerns in all programs and projects of the DENR”.
Ms. Vilma Flauta- Nitura, Supervising Science Research Specialist and Station Head of MDARRC Research Station 1, welcomed the participants and resource persons and took the opportunity to show to everyone the facilities and development activities of the station through a “quick tour” video presentation.
The two-day event tackled through lectures and open forum topics on GAD Advocacy Principles and its Legal Bases, Statistics of Women and Men in National and Global Situations, Gender Dynamics and Gender Responsive Planning and Mainstreaming.
Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) in ENR Research programs and projects was also discussed. Participants experienced the use of HGDG tool in assessing selected proposal, on-going and terminated RDE and Technology Transfer projects and studies by identification of gender issues and strategies to integrate gender equality and women empowerment. Through the guide questions and scoring system provided by the tool, participants were able to assess a project or activity whether GAD is invisible, promising, gender-sensitive or gender-responsive.
After the presentation of the workshop outputs, participants expressed their personal commitments to GAD. In her closing message, Supervising Science Research Specialist Alma S. Uddin thanked the resource persons in sharing knowledge about GAD and promised that gender equality, equal participation of both men and women and elimination of gender biases should be applied in day-to-day work.
Meanwhile, Mr. Juan B. Ebora appreciated the dynamism and active participation of the participants. He challenged each participant to always consider and mainstream GAD in all the plans, programs, projects and activities of the Center. “I saw the dynamics, enthusiasm and respect of every MDARRC employee to one another especially to the Center Head and I am happy to see you working as one family,” he concluded.
The series of capacity building initiatives of ERDB-GADFPS is part of the bureau’s effort in gender advocacy and mainstreaming. Jethrone M. Setenta, MDARRC