A two-day Gender Sensitivity Training for the Scholars of the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) of Negros Oriental honed their capacity to become Gender and Development (GAD) Advocates who will serve as channels of change for the prevention of gender issues. The two-day training was held at Sierra Resort, Dauin Negros Oriental on April 24-25, 2018.
Ms. Maria Fe Singson, Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST CO’s GAD Program, discussed the basic GAD concepts, gender issues, and causes, gender mainstreaming and on becoming effective GAD Advocate. Ms. Hannah May Sotto, Scholar, said the training “is very educational and helpful, it broadens up a person’s mind on gender sensitivity.”
The two-day training on Gender Sensitivity aims to increase the awareness of the scholars on GAD and other gender-related issues. Through workshops, brain teasers, inputs, and video clip presentations the DOST VII Scholars were sensitized on the importance of respect, empathy, and gender equality so as to prevent the onset of marginalization, stereotyping, multiple workloads, subordination and even avoid physical violence towards those who are vulnerable.
The GST for Scholars was conducted by the DOST Regional Office VII in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women and PSTC Neg Or, headed by Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon with the full support of his personnel namely Mr. Rommel L. Romagos, Mr. Sean T. Guardino, Ms. Kristel Joy G. Silva and Mr. Joel O. Legaspi.
By Myrel M. Siason