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“Gender is one of the neglected social dimensions of COVID-19. The difference of the interactive dashboard of information that we developed compared to other sources like those of the Department of Health (DOH) is the inclusion and visualization of gender data which is equally important in coming up with reports on COVID-19 status in the country”.

This in a nutshell was the statement of Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante, NRCP Member of Mathematical Sciences Division, and professor at the UPLB Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics, when he presented the results of his study on Gender-Specific Insights Based on COVID-19 Epidemiological and Socio-Economic Data on July 7, 2020, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 AM via Zoom.

The webinar is the second of a series of webinars on COVID being conducted by Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) dubbed “Kapakanan ng Tao sa Oras ng Pandemya (KTOP–COVID)”.

The health, social and economic risks brought about by the disease have associated gender-specific aspects, such as role of gender in the healthcare system, sex-dependent health vulnerabilities of individuals, and gender-related occupational hazards.

Dr. Rabajante and team created a public online dashboard with sex-disaggregated data related to COVID-19, which can be used for academic, policy-making purposes and for anyone, the public.

 

The Interactive Gender Dashboard (https://datastudio.google.com/s/rHHWJSPHmx4)

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“What is good with the dashboard is the visualization of the data which can be filtered, such as to show sex-disaggregated charts. This can be done by using the dropdown button or directly clicking the “male” or “female” element of a specific chart”, Dr. Rabajante emphasized.

There were various challenges faced in creating the dashboard. He said that there are reporting issues, and limited sex-disaggregated variables in the DOH Datadrop. In the future, the dashboard will be updated once the variables are available in the DOH Datadrop, such as detailed information on occupation and comorbidities.

Dr. Rabajante showed how epidemiological and health crisis are becoming a pressing social and economic problem in the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is also for this reason that the DOST-NRCP supported this project so that our goal to incorporate gender makes government programs and interventions more inclusive and in support of SDG No. 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment . This sex-disaggregated data related to COVID-19 dashboard is ready for the  use of interested groups/individuals. As an advisory body to government, NRCP will promote the use of the dashboard by LGUs and related government agencies.

Former NRCP President Ramon A. Razal gave an inspiring message underscoring the fact that the KTOP-COVID series of webinars that tackles the social dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic is actually for Filipinos to help them understand better the COVID pandemic, hence, be able to respond appropriately. DOST NRCP Executive Director Marieta Bañez Sumagasay facilitated the webinar.

The next three (3) in line in the KTOP-COVID webinar series are: Content Analysis of Government Policies and Issuances Regarding the 2020 Pandemic by Dr. Laufred I. Hernandez on July 21; Scoping on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) in the Philippines in the time of COVID 19 Pandemic by Dr. Elizabeth P. De Castro on August 28; and Defining a Gender-responsive Work-from-Home (WFH) Scheme in a Post-ECQ Scenario by Dr. Sumagaysay on September 8.