In line with Republic Act No. 9710, Section 36 otherwise known as Magna Carta of Women which promotes women’s rights , eliminates gender discrimination and recognizes the fundamental equality of men and women, the Provincial Government of Cavite (PGC) thru the effort of the Cavite Gender and Development Focal Point System in coordination with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) facilitated the first ever Provincial Gender and Development Convention on September 26, 2018 at the Session Hall of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan in Trece Martires City.
More than one hundred participants attended the convention which comprised of the department and units’ heads of the province, focal persons in the local government units, and representatives from the national agencies and the academe.
On behalf of Cavite Governor Boying Remulla, Mr. Rex Bernarte delivered an inspirational message emphasizing that sex is not a barrier to succeed in life and explained that the event will be an avenue as an eye opener to accept the equality of men and women.
Dir. Nelia C. Cresino, Director of Gender and Development- Cavite State University discussed about enhancing processes on gender mainstreaming which focused on the fairness and justice between men and women when it comes to the distribution of responsibilities and benefits to eliminate gender issues. In her discussion, she also pointed out the importance of having a well-developed and maintained GAD data base in all government agencies that will serve as a basis for planning, programming and policy formulation.
Meanwhile, Ms. Angela Llamas, Senior Economic Development Office Representative from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) gave a short talk regarding the main emphasis of building up the Provincial GAD Convention which aims to identify those things that needs to level up when it comes to capacitating GAD and ensure to advocate and mainstream GAD despite of those changes.
On the other hand, Mr. Ricky Bunao, Chief Disaster Response Management and National President of DSWD Move oriented the participants on the topic Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere (MOVE) as he encouraged every man to actively involved themselves in the elimination of violence against women and children through conducting different capability building, programs, and policy development. Likewise, Ms. Haydelisa D. Moderazo, Provincial Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Program Coordinator shared her knowledge on how to acquire and prevent oneself on having HIV and made some clarification about the difference of HIV from AIDS.
Ms. Felipa Servañes, PSWDO head extended her gratefulness to Governor Boying Remulla who have initiated efforts in solidifying GAD programs and to all the participants for actively participating in the discussion which envision equality among men and women.