The DOST VII employees during the 2022 Women’s Month Celebration on March 28, 2022 via zoom platform.

To give due recognition to the contributions of women  in Science and Technology, DOST VII  celebrated the 2022 Women’s Month Celebration on March 28, 2022 via zoom platform.

A total of 75 (M- 41, F 34) employees actively took part in the series of activities which include, tribute to women, input on “Understanding the Impact of COVID 19 on Women and Men to Prevent Gender Divide,” GAD Awarding of Women, Film Showing and giving of Health Freebies.

Special token of appreciation such as flowers, cakes, letters and sweets were provided to all women of DOST 7 by the male employees in the regional office  and  in the Provincial S & T Centers in Bohol, Siquijor, Neg Or and Cebu.

Regional Director Jesus F. Zamora, Jr., chairperson of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) said, “The DOST Women’s Month Celebration said it is our aim to inspire and empower S & T women to be agents of change who will serve as active stakeholders in responding the economic needs of our external clients so as to promote citizen-centric or citizen-responsive governance.”

Ms. Maria Fe Abejar, Resource Speaker of the “Understanding on the Impact of Women and Men to prevent Gender Divide,” said that “to prevent inequality and gender divide, an organization must ensure, the social protection and employment support for women to promote their well-being.”

Four women entrepreneurs from Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor were recognized as Most Resilient and Gender Responsive Women Entrepreneurs namely, Ms. Elena T. Ibera, Ms. Merlie Pelen Neri, Ms. Evelyn B. White and Ms. Marie Frances B. Macabenta.

This GAD award is based on the following criteria: Fosters participation of project stakeholders in planning/project identification, implementation and evaluation of the projects; Integrates GAD in  planning/project identification, implementation and evaluation of the projects; Integrates GAD in Reports, Policies and project documentation; Resiliency to Natural Disasters, Pandemic and other Unexpected Devastations; Collects and use of Sex-disaggregated Data in Planning, Reporting and Monitoring; Responded Gender Issues of employees and local partners; Uses Gender-fair language and images in the workplace; Gender Sensitivity, respect is highly observed to employees and clients; Provided/generated employment/income to both men and women; and Actively Participates in GAD related activities.

While two DOST 7 women employee were awarded as Most GAD Advocate/ Champion Woman Employee, they are, Ms. Marichu D. Baclay, Sr. Science Research Specialist and Ms. Vina Antopina the Provincial Director of PSTC Bohol.

The following are the criteria for this selection: Developed and assisted projects for the cause of  women and vulnerable sectors; Highly promotes Gender responsive programming among internal and external clients; Integrates GAD in planning/project identification, implementation and evaluation of the projects; Fosters participation of project stakeholders in planning/project identification, implementation and evaluation of the projects; Integrates GAD in Reports, Policies, Issuances and project documentation

Collects and use of Sex-disaggregated Data in Planning, Reporting and Monitoring; Responded Gender Issues of employees and local partners; Uses Gender-fair language and images in the workplace; Gender Sensitivity, respect is highly observed to employees and clients; and Actively Participates in GAD related activities.

Moreover, ARD Samuel A. Parcon, also awarded six (6) women personnel for their exemplary service contribution in DOST 7. The special awardees are, Ms. Vivian S. Cabando, Ms. Elvirg S. Figura, Ms. Ellen Joy L. Mariquit, Ms. Marla Juvi O. Esada, Ms. Ethel B. Clemena and Ms. M.E. Myrel M. Siason.

The activity culminated with the sharing of a film showing on Violence Against Women and the distribution of the health freebies to all employees of DOST 7.

by Myrel Madridano-Siason