To provide assistance and refuge for breastfeeding moms, children, elderly and persons with disabilities, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST 7) launched the use of Gender and Development (GAD) Care Center for both the DOST 7 Clients and employees on August 15, 2017.
The DOST 7 GAD Care Center is complete with a cozy Breastfeeding room for Lactating Moms, a Kid’s Play Area and Sleeping Corner and a Lounging area for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities.
The GAD Care Center is both a client and an employee-focused safe haven for the vulnerable clients and employees and of their visiting families. To date the DOST 7 now serves a total of 83 Employees (36 Female, Male 47) and 1,314 (Female 667, Male 647) Clients in Scholarship and SET UP Programs of DOST.
The establishment of the GAD Care Center is in response to the mandate of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the “Magna Carta of Women, SECTION 20. Women’s Right to Health that decrees for the provision of a comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive health services and programs . . . for the promotion of breastfeeding for lactating mothers, development of innovative projects, strategies, and approaches for girls, female adolescents, women and older women. Further, the R.A 9710 orders that in appropriate cases, the DOLE shall require workplaces to provide facilities such as breastfeeding areas, toilets for women.
Feedback from Visitors
“We are very happy, we did not expect DOST 7 has this facility for kids, very cozy and very clean. My son really loves the place too, thank you so much for accommodating us.” – Sarah Mondarte, sister-in-law of a Scholarship Applicant.
“My grandson and I are so delighted to have a place to rest and also for my grandson to play while we wait for the processing of our documents in DOST 7″. – Elizabeth Tapere, mother of a scholarship applicant
“Very good, perfect for children, lots of toys, story books and reading materials, a place safe for the kids. Thanks to DOST 7.” – Lorena Soco, a trained farmer-scientist of DOST 7.
“Having a playroom or kid’s area is very helpful for visitors with kids. The kids enjoyed it a lot. It is also very clean.” – Fatima Vios, visiting daughter of Regional Director Ed Paradela
“We did not expect that DOST 7 has this facility. I am so happy and comfortable at the lactating room made available for nursing moms like me” – Ruth Gadiane, a Lactating Mom whose daughter is an applicant of the Scholarship Program of DOST 7.
written by: Mymy