GAD Corner

GAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING

As continuing adherence to the provisions of RA 9710 popularly known as Magna Carta of Women, NIA R1 under the leadership of its Acting Regional Manager has embarked on another yet significant Gender and Development (GAD) Training for Managers, Section Chiefs and GAD Focal Persons at the Leisure Coast Hotel in Bonuan, Dagupan City last October 28-30, 2019.

The main objective of the three-day training which was facilitated by Ms. Monette S. Santos, accredited expert-trainer from the Philippine Commission on Women is to equip the participants with ample skills and relevant knowledge about gender mainstreaming and monitoring system, sex dis-aggregated data, harmonized GAD Guidelines and the importance of reporting as basis for management decision making.

NIA Regional Office 1 Celebrates 2019 Women’s  Month

Ms. Vanessa C. Moulic, AFD Division Manager, welcoming the RO1 employees during the culminating program of Womens' Month Celebration in the Regional Office last March 28, 2019 at the Regional Training Center. NiA Region 1 employees during one of the discussions in the closing program of this year's Womens' Month Celebration.

NIA Region 1 (NIA RO 1) held its culminating program on Women’s Month celebration last March 28, 2019 with an Orientation Program discussing RA 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and RA 7877 also known as Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.

The orientation was held in the morning at the NIA Regional Training Center with Police Captain Ria F. Tacderan as the invited resource speaker. She is the Chief of the Provincial Family Juvenile Gender and Development (FJGAD) Office in our province.

Capt. Tacderan explained RA 10175 as an Act defining Cybercrime, providing for the prevention, investigation, suppression, and the imposition of penalties therefor. It punishes content-related offenses such as cybersex, child pornography and libel which may be committed through a computer system. The Act also addressed legal issues concerning on-line transactions.

She also tackled the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 embodied under RA 7877. This act classified sexual harassment as unlawful in the employment, education, training development, and for other purposes. The regional employees were given the chance to know and acquire knowledge involving sexual harassment in the workplace, its coverage and attributes, and the procedures in the disposition of sexual harassment cases.

In the afternoon, a wellness cum pampering activity was laid out for the employees. The wellness activity offered free foot spa with pedicure and manicure and free body massage which the employees availed and enjoyed.

The culminating program was spearheaded by Ms. Vanessa C. Moulic, the Division Manager of the Administrative and Finance Division (AFD) of the region.

Capt. Ria F. Tacderan, Chief of the Provincial Family Juvenile Gender and Development (FIGAD), discussing "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012" under RA 10175. She also tackled the Anti-Sexual Harrassment Act of 1995 embodied under RA 7877. NIA RO1 employees posing for their souvenir photo of this year's Womens' Month Celebration last March 28, 2019.

Random Impressions

WE Make Change for Women

In 2017, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) adopted this theme which shall be used for the years 2017–2022. It highlights the empowerment of women as active contributors of development and change. Every March is part of the worldwide observance of the International Women’s Day (IWD) and March 8 every year is declared as National Women’s Day under Republic Act 6949 of 1990.

WE stands for Women Empowerment enabling women to confidently and meaningfully engage with appropriate institutions to bring about positive changes in the society. The years 1976–1985 was declared as the UN Decade for Women which paved the way for gender analysis in formulating policies and measures of economic development for women as full and equal partners of men.

Make Change for Women or MCW is Magna Carta of Women which was signed into law under RA 9710 on August 14, 2009 providing better protection for women. The law seeks to eliminate discrimination against women and making them partners of change alongside with men.

This year’s celebration will focus on strengthening efforts to improve and track progress of the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women, and other relevant laws and commitments to the international community.

All of us, in our various capacities whether as government officials and employees, in the private sector, NGOs, or as private individuals, can be partners for change towards a gender-responsive community. Women are not only active participants in bringing about change but they should also reap from the fruits of their development efforts.

Random Impressions

HaGaDaGa

Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines….HGDG….or better still HaGaDaGa.

Gender is a social and cultural construction. It refer to ways in which a particular society constructs or makes differences between men and women, masculinities and femininities.

Gender roles differ from one culture to another and also change over time. They are also influenced by social class, age and ethnic background. They are not determined by biological factors but by the socio-economic and cultural environment or situation.

In exploring gender and culture, we choose the people we want to associate with. Moreover, no two people have exactly the same perception of things and events.

Gender and Development (GAD) aims to ensure equal distribution of opportunities, resources and benefits to men and women. It also assures men that GAD does not totally exclude their interests in the development agenda despite the excessive focus on women.

The vision of GAD is gender equality and women empowerment. It is a paradigm of development focusing on social, economic, political and cultural forces that determine how differently men and women participates in, benefit from, and control resources and activities.

Men and women need to be looked at as active agents of change, not passive recipients of the development process. Both men and women are victims of inequality. That’s why GAD advocates for the creation of gender sensitive and gender responsive development programs.

NIA REGION 1 CONDUCTS GENDER SENSITIVITY TRAINING AND GENDER-BASED EFFECTIVENESS SKILLS TRAINING (GBEST)

A two-day live-in seminar was conducted by the NIA Regional Office No. 1 on Gender-Based Effectiveness Skills integrated with Gender Sensitivity Training last July 3-4, 2018 and July 5-6, 2018 at NIA RTC, Bayaoas, Urdaneta City.  The seminar was done in two (2) batches and was participated by the Regional employees and staff.

Dr. Leo R. Gallego, Acting IDD Manager of NIA Central Office, was the invited Resource Speaker during the training and seminar.

RM Vicente R. Vicmudo awarding the token of appreciation to Dr. Leo R. Gallego as Resource Speaker during the G-BEST seminar and witnessed by Engr. Frida L. Nidoy, EOD Manager and Ms. Vanessa C. Moulic, Acting AFD Manager. Participants under Batch 1 held on July 3-4, 2018.

Among the topics discussed during the technical sessions were 1) Evolution of Gender Paradigms and Perspective, 2) Shaping of Perfections, 3) Characteristics of Culture, 4) Historical Overview of Male-Female Relationships (Images and Insights), 5) Sex and Gender, 6) Brain Wiring, 7) Breaking the Barriers of Gender Resistance, 8) Rewriting Gender Roles and Scripts and 9) Internalizing Gender Issues.

The participants actively participated in the different group dynamics and technical sessions. Everyone understood both men’s and women’s roles, needs, interests, priorities and responsibilities in this changing world. Both men and women must be involved with equal opportunity.

This successful endeavor was spearheaded by the Administrative and Finance Division of NIA RO 1 under the able leadership of Ms. Vanessa C. Moulic, the Acting Division Manager.

Participants under Batch 2 held on July 5-6, 2018. Dr. Leo R. Gallego in one of his light discussions.
RM Vicente R. Vicmudo stressing some points in one of the technical sessions conducted. A technical session cum workshop being discussed by Dr. Leo R. Gallego

Random Impressions

A Toast to Women Empowerment

Between 1940’s and 1960’s, women were only viewed as mothers and housewives. Their day-to-day activities and contributions were either ignored or unnoticed. Men were the agents of development. Men were the breadwinners of their families and women were mere housekeepers. Economic growth targeted men and thus, development assistance in forms of financial aids were introduced to them.

In the 1970’s, it was becoming evident that the important role of women was motherhood and child-rearing, and that women were the passive recipients of development. Feminist movements in various parts of the world clamor for the elimination of all kinds of gender discrimination. As such, 1975 was declared as the International Women’s Year and the first World Conference on Women was held in Mexico City. Subsequently, the years 1976 – 1985 was declared as the UN Decade for Women.

The UN Decade for Women paved the way for gender analysis in formulating policies and measures of economic development for women as full and equal partners of men.

In the Philippines, RA 7192 otherwise known as the “Women in Development and Nation Building Act” was enacted on December 11, 1991. This act aims to promote the integration of women as full and equal partners of men in development and nation building. The State recognizes the role of women in nation building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of men and women. The State shall provide women rights and opportunities equal to that of men.

On August 14, 2009, The Magna Carta of Women (MCW) was signed into law under RA 9710 providing better protection for women. The law seeks to eliminate discrimination against women and making them partners of change alongside with men.

It is now high time that we, WOMEN, speak and be heard. To be empowered means we are in control of our lives. We know that our thoughts and opinions are significant. We know our purpose and we assert our rights.

We inspire others and stand up for the truth. We strive for excellence and at times, we are compassionate to the needs of others.

So, to all the WOMEN out there, this is our day …. this is our time .….and this is it.

Cheers to all the women in the world!
NIA RO 1 CELEBRATES WOMEN’S MONTH
NIA RO1 officials and employees led by Engr. Vicente R. Vicmudo and PSI Madonna V. Cabiles, Head of the Women and Children Protection Desk of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan posed for their souvenir shot during the Women's Month celebration last March 27, 2018. A light moment during the discussion of RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women and RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act.

NIA Region 1 (NIA RO 1) held its Women’s Month celebration last March 27, 2018 with a Gender and Development (GAD) awareness program in the morning and a wellness cum pampering activity in the afternoon. This was well-attended by RO 1 employees and staff.

PSI Madonna V. Cabiles, Chief of the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Urdaneta City was invited as the resource speaker during the GAD awareness program held at the Regional Training Center of the region.

PSI Cabiles expounded on Republic Act (RA) 9710 of 2009 or otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) which is a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, respecting, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women, especially those in the marginalized sectors.

The Magna Carta also mandates non-discriminatory and pro-gender equality measures to enable women’s participation in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies, plans and programs for national, regional and local development.

She also tackled the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004 embodied under RA 9262. This act classified violence against women and their children as a public crime. The RO 1 employees were given the chance to know the different kinds of violence and the penalties for committing these acts.

In the afternoon, a wellness cum pampering activity was laid out for RO 1 employees. The wellness activity offered free foot spa with pedicure and manicure and free body massage which the employees availed and enjoyed.

This GAD awareness program was spearheaded by the Administrative and Finance Division under the leadership of Ms. Vanessa C. Moulic, the Acting Division Manager A.
PSI Madonna V. Cabiles, Head of the Women and Children Protection Desk of Urdaneta City, expounding on the importance of celebrating Women's Month in the country and in the entire world. Acting Division Manager Vanessa C. Moulic of the Administrative and Finance Division, NIA RO 1, welcomes the participants in the Regional Training Center for the Women's Month celebration last March 27, 2018.
 
 
NIA Region 1 Adopts “The Great Filipino Workout” Project
NIA RO 1 adopting |The Great Filipino Workout" Project under MC No. 8, series of 2011, issued by the Civil Service Commission. Regional employees doing the ZUMBA every Friday at 3:00 in the afternoon in order to develop a healthy and alert workforce.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued MC No. 8, series of 2011 which reiterated the Commission’s directive to all government agencies to adopt a health and fitness management program for all its employees dubbed as “The Great Filipino Workout.”

The program is designed to give importance to a healthy lifestyle and development of an alert workforce in government agencies. This is also an integral part of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Development Program for government personnel.

In line with this directive, NIA Region 1 encouraged employees in the regional office compound to join the “ZUMBA” in the lobby area every Friday at 3:00 in the afternoon as part of the agency’s continuing physical fitness activity to develop a healthy workforce.

Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. This is an exercise fitness program created by a Colombian dancer and choreographer during the 1990s.

Zumba can help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and boost good cholesterol. Indeed, health and wellness really go together.
Zumba performed to an energetic music which involves dance and aerobic movements. Zumba helps lower the risk of heart disease.