To give due recognition to the contributions of women in Science and Technology, DOST VII celebrated the 2020 Women’s Month Celebration on March 9, 2020 at the DOST VII Conference Hall, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City. A total of forty four (16M, 28F) employees actively took part in the series of activities which include, tribute to women, input on Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSH) in the Workplace and medicine gift giving.
The tribute activity commenced with a Group Prayer-offering for Women given by selected DOST 7 male employees. Ms. Bernarda G. Perez presented the rationale of the celebration saying, the activity “aims to inspire and empower S & T women to be agents of change, for them to serve as active stakeholders of government programs and services to promote citizen-centric governance”.
DOST 7 Regional Director Edilberto L. Paradela, head of the Executive Committee of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) first shared two inspiring tribute songs for women during his Welcome address.
To further pay homage to all the women of DOST 7, a power-point exhibit was presented along with a group- wine toasting led by Mr. Samuel A. Parcon, member of GFPS TWG.
The DOST 7 Generation Z vocalists Mr. Kint Joniceld Lawrence Arcenal, Mr. Carvey Lamosao and Mr. Rino Dominic Cabungcal serenaded all women with a string of soulful singles followed with the giving of flowers to the delight of all female employees.
To help secure the safety and health of all employees, Engr. Kenneth Burbos of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provided an input on OSH. The orientation served as a platform for all S & T women to be informed on one of the social protection program of DOLE for them to be safe and healthy in their own workplace.
A game on Gift-Finding ensued right after the OSH Orientation. This is when all employees were made to find their gift under the chairs and tables.
The celebration concluded with the giving-away of free medicines for cough, hypertension, pneumonia as well as multi-vitamins for DOST 7 employees.
The 2020 Women’s Month Celebration of DOST VII was headed and graced by the GFPS officers and members namely, Engr. Edilberto L. Paradela (GFPS Chairperson), Engr. Jesus F. Zamora (Co-Chairperson Exe. Com), Jr., Ms. Bernarda G. Perez (GAD Focal Point Person), Ms. Marichu D. Baclay (TWG Chairperson) and Mr. Samuel A. Parcon (Member).
by Myrel Madridano-Siason