(Legazpi City, March 31, 2022) – As a campaign to end the stigma and stereotyping of women as well as the other existing genders, the Provincial Human Resources and Management Office (PHRMO) headed by Officer-In-Charge Maria Teresa A. Balane and Gender and Development (GAD) Office headed by PGDH Dr. Rowena L. Ondiz, Ph.D. conducted a two-day seminar for almost all employees of the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA), held alternately on March 30, Wednesday and April 1, 2022, Friday, at the Albay Astrodome.

Board Member Glenda O. Bongao, who chairs the Committee of Women and Children and Family, and Gender and Development in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay delivered her welcome speech through a video presentation, expressing her delight in having this kind of seminar and training which explained and gave more knowledge on how important the roles of women in the society.

BM Bongao highlighted that in order to achieve a society that treats women and other genders fairly and equally, everyone must be able to understand the role of everyone else. She concluded that conducting such a seminar is a step toward allowing everyone to learn and be sensitive to each gender.

The two-day training speaker was Dr. Rowena L. Ortiz, Ph.D. who discussed several topics on empowering women’s rights and gender sensitivity.

On day one, the topic discussed was the difference between sex and gender, as well as the roles of each, socialized institutions, and manifestations of gender bias, wherein she tackled the fact that most women are sometimes belittled by men or the fact that those who have power in the government are mostly men.

On day two, Dr. Ortiz recapped the learnings from day one and proceeded to tackle the topics such as women’s rights, the Magna Carta for Women, relevant laws that exist that protect women and children, and gender situations and gender-based violence.

Dr. Ortiz also discussed gender bias and the possible scenario of employees who have a hard time expressing their gender expressions. She emphasized the importance of being mindful of one’s actions and words because they may elicit suppressed emotions.

According to the information told by PHRMO to Albay PIO, the expected number of attendees from various departments of PGA was at least a hundred (100.)

In the celebration of International Women’s Day that recently ended, the PGA, GAD, and other concerned organizations about the welfare of all women and children, as well as all genders, advocated in continuously support the movement of strengthening the empowerment on women, of expressing and raising awareness among the women and children who are part of the vulnerable sector while respecting the gender identity and expression of every individual.

Jose M. Briones/Kristel Abad, Albay PIO

Photo Credits; Lorie Barcelon