The DOST through its GAD and Regional Support Service awarded the DOST Regional Office VII with a trophy and a cash prize being the 1st Place recipient in the 2020 GAD Mainstreaming Award on December 1, 2020 via zoom virtual platform.

“The DOST 7 is happy to share this recognition with the provincial offices, especially the members and officers of the GAD Focal Point System, as well as to the members of the GAD Trainers Pool and to the rest of the workforce of DOST 7 who strived hard and contributed in our gender mainstreaming journey,” said OIC- RD Engr. Jesus F. Zamora, Jr. during his acceptance message in the 2020 GAD Mainstreaming Award (by Regional Office) on December 1, 2020 via zoom virtual platform.

The awarding ceremony is in observance to Sec. 42 of the Magna Carta of Women or RA 9710, which states that “there shall be established an incentives and awards systems which shall be administered by a board under such rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the PCW to deserving entities, government agencies and local government units for their outstanding performance in upholding the rights of women and effective implementation of gender-responsive programs.”

The DOST award  recognized deserving regional offices and attached agencies for their achievements and performance in mainstreaming gender  in their agencies such as in their implementation of programs/ projects, in their contribution towards achieving gender equality/ upholding women empowerment.

16 DOST Regional Offices, 7 Research and Development Institutes, 6 S & T Service Institutes, 3 Sectoral Planning Councils and 2 Collegial Bodies had vied for the said most coveted award.

Engr. Zamora further said, “the recognition further inspire us to continue to undertake gender responsive programs, activities and projects with more dedication and resolve.”

By: Myrel Madridano- Siason