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If only the Women forerunners of Malolos were alive today, they would be proud of Filipino women who have been advocating their rights and embracing gender equality.

Today, women have been demonstrating resiliency, courage, and heroism and playing different roles in the society despite institutionalized restriction. Some of them are called as great leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, advocates, and even as remarkable key players in S&T education particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and research and development.

The NRCP as a staunch advocate of gender equality, values both men and women’s right by implementing efforts ensuring that funded R&D programs and other S&T-related initiatives are gender responsive. These initiatives provide opportunities to both gender, equal roles for men and women as active contributors in the development of gender-sensitive research programs and activities.

Last March 31, 2022, NRCP held the first GAD webinar with 150 participants, 104 females and 46 males, who are all members of the research teams handling R&D projects funded by the NRCP, these are, RiskCom4DRM program, Plasmics project, ProjectGroundH20.ph, HUMAIN program, NSTEP projects, and KTOP-COVID projects.

Dr. Mary Barby Badayos-Jover, a member of the Philippine Commission on Women’s National Gender and Development Resource Pool (PCW NGRP) who served as the resource speaker, is an experienced GAD expert who conducts training programs on basic gender sensitivity, which includes the use of gender-fair language, engendering the curriculum, gender analysis, gender-based violence, and gender-responsiveness of government agencies and LGUs.

Dr. Badayos-Jover explained that the primary intention of the analysis tool, Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines or HGDG is not to bring down men but to make women and men equal, “making both women and men sensitive to gender issues.”  She also stressed that, “HGDG enhances GAD planning and budgeting.”

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In her message, DOST ASEC for HRM Dr. Diana L. Ignacio commended the NRCP for this GAD capacity building.  She said, “to minimize gender discrimination in society, we need to promote gender awareness at all levels.”

Dr. Ignacio also handles the DOST Management Services and Special Concerns.  She is also the OIC of the GAD and Regional Support Service and DOST-wide GAD Focal Person.

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NRCP Executive Director Dr. Marieta Bañez-Sumagaysay, herself a certified member of the National Gender Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women, said in her opening message that NRCP will be on a helping hand to promote gender mainstreaming in research through GAD trainings and similar other initiatives. Further she said “NRCP hopes to provide knowledge & basic skills that can arm our researchers who need to develop the gender lens as applied to S&T research”. (Grace Ann M. Valondo, OED)