The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 7 has gone through another important phase of Gender and Development (GAD)-related activity as it held a two-day workshop on gender audit attended by DOST 7 employees in Central Visayas.
Gender audit workshop was successfully held on October 17 and 18, 2017 at the DOST 7 S&T Complex in Lahug despite the ongoing nationwide transport strike on the opening day of the activity.
The agency conducted the workshop as part of its efforts at mainstreaming gender sensitivity and responsiveness in its functions and services. It was attended by DOST 7 top officials and employees in regional office and the Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTC) in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.
In the activity, DOST 7 was made to present its Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) result and translate into GAD plan and budget. GMEF is a gender analysis tool for measuring and evaluation of the progress and areas for improvement in the agency’s perspectives, initiatives and processes to achieve gender mainstreaming.
Engr. Jesus Zamora, DOST 7 Asst. Regional Director for technical operations, who also participated in the workshop, said DOST 7 has already mainstreamed certain GAD practices in the agency functions and operations. For lack of documentation, however, he said, many of the agency’s GAD-related efforts have not been reflected in the official records. He expected that current and future gender outputs of DOST 7 to be all evidence-based as a result of the workshop.
written by: Licinio Gingoyon