Gender And Development Articles


BatStateU celebrates Women’s Month 2016






BatStateU Extension Services Office through the Gender and Development Office conducted a series of women empowerment activities in conjunction with the celebration of Women’s Month last March 8-9, 2016 at the Amphitheater, CITE Building, GBP Main I.

With this year’s theme: “Kapakanan ni Juana, isama sa Agenda”, the said activity aimed to discuss the role of women in the society, to resonate the call for gender balance and to capacitate women to reach their ambitions. It also intended to strengthen the potentials of women as part of the agenda in different sectors of the society.

In her keynote speech, Dr. Emmylou B. Yanga, CHED IVA Director, encouraged the audience to “...allow women to aspire, inspire and see them and make a difference. We can be an instrument of change, instrument of development and instrument of equality”. She also stressed that in order to sustain and enhance women’s empowerment, continuous education is the solution.

Also, part of the program was a forum which focused on wo...


Student facilitators hold FGD for the GAD-Psychology GBV project







BS Psychology student facilitators implemented the third phase of the GBV project from February 22 to March 11, 2016. This component of the project was intended to generate data needed to document GBV cases. It was conducted through focus group discussions and interviews with victims, survivors, and witness of GBV cases, and authority handling these.

The focus group discussions were conducted in 12 selected barangays of Batangas City. These barangays were chosen from a report requested from the Batangas City Police Office.



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Marikina Polytechnic College visits BatStateU-GAD





GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) members and administrators of Marikina Polytechnic College (MPC) conducted its benchmarking activity of BatStateU GAD practices last February 26, 2016. They were welcomed by University officials, namely; Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, Dr. Erma B. Quinay, and Assoc. Prof. Romeo C. De Castro, and other officials from the Extension Services Office.

Dr. Erma B. Quinay welcomed the guests and expressed appreciation to them for selecting the University to be the venue for their benchmarking activity. Meanwhile, Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo shared his development plans with the President of MPC, Dr. Virginia D. Bacay. They exchanged ideas and experiences regarding the management of their respective universities.

Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez, GAD Asst. Director, presented the gender mainstreaming practices of the University. Initially, she provided an overview on how the University’s GFPS was created and its current structure. Relative to mainstreaming, she said that the University’s efforts are based on the GAD Agenda which encompasses the thrusts, goals, and specific PAPs/interventions. Her presentation included the accomplishments and other plans of the University’s GAD Office.

MPC’s OIC-Pre...


GAD-Psychology GBV project now on its second phase






This phase of the GBV Project was a capability building activity held on February 17, 2016 at the Audio-Visual Room, GPB Main Campus 1. It aimed to train student facilitators on the conduct of focus group discussion and case study documentation. This training was significant considering that the facilitators will be interacting with victims/survivors of GBV. This coaching phase centered on techniques in gathering evidences to document cases of GBV.

Dr. Myra A. Bersoto, Guidance and Counseling Head of Main Campus 1, was the resource person. Her lecture focused on researching gender based violence. In her lecture, she discussed how qualitative methods may be integrated into a quantitative research. Aside from the process, she also presented the ethical considerations for researching GBV. According to Dr. Bersoto, respect for persons at all stages of the research process is important when undertaking studies on domestic violence. In addition, she identified the steps in this endeavor and how to frame questions during the conduct of FGD and interview.

The workshop followed the lecture presented. During the workshop, participants were asked to identify questions which will be directed to four groups of respondents, namely; victim, survivor, witn...


Psychology student facilitators undergo training for the GBV project








The first in the series of trainings for student facilitators was conducted last February 11 and 18, 2016 at the Audio-Visual Room, GPB Main Campus 1. Phase 1 of the GBV project centered on discussion of gender-based violence and the mandates relative to this, and experiences of agencies handling GBV cases. Module 1 was on gender-based violence. The definition, forms and consequences, contexts and magnitude of GBV were presented by Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez, GAD Asst. Director. Module 2 provided an overview of international and national mandates related to GBV. CEDAW was presented by Mr. Alvin R. de Silva, Asst. Director for Institutional and Industry Development...


GAD undertakes projects on gender-based violence

The University’s Gender and Development Office has developed and is currently implementing two projects focusing on the campaign against gender-based violence (GBV). The said projects are in collaboration with the BS Psychology and BS Criminology programs of Main Campus 1. This is a continuing project composed of several phases. The project developed in coordination with the BS Psychology program focuses on documenting cases of gender-based violence in Batangas City. Its target beneficiaries are the victims, survivors, witnesses and authority of reported cases of GBV in the City. BS Psychology students have undergone trainings in relation to the project. They were given awareness seminar on GAD concepts and issues, and special laws on gender violence. They were likewise trained to conduct focus group discussion to enable them to gather data from the beneficiaries. Results of the focus group discussions will become basis of engagement/intervention activities intended for these groups of beneficiaries from selected barangays of Batangas City.

Meanwhile, BS Criminology students and faculty members were also provided with varied trainings in line with the project intended for residents, barangay officials, and VAW desk workers from selected barangays of Batangas City. They were likewise given orientation seminars on GAD concepts and issues, and special laws on gender violence. Other phases of the project involve the conduct of GAD and Anti-VAWC Act orientations to target beneficiaries. The barangay beneficiaries will also undergo training on handlin...


BatStateU student leaders attend GAD awareness seminar






The first part in the seminar series for BatStateU’s Supreme Student Council officers, the GAD orientation for student leaders, was held on February 16, 2016 at Multimedia Room 1, CITE Bldg., GPB Main Campus 1. Student leaders from the ten campuses participated actively in the orientation seminar. The seminar series intends to develop sensitivity in perceiving existing gender issues and inequalities, and recognize the differing situations and needs of women and men and consider them in every action or decision they make.

Three topics were covered in the seminar, namely; sex and gender concepts; gender stereotyping; and gender fair language. Ms. Dianne B. Solis, a faculty member from CAS, talked about basic sex and gender concepts; differences between gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Mr. Albert M. Arcega, CABEIHM faculty member, talked about gender stereotyping. The third topic, which was gender fair language, was discussed by Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez, GAD Asst. Director.

The three lectures were followed by a workshop where participants were instructed to formulate action plans which are based on gender issues of students. In this activity planning, they identified the activity, g...


WORLD AIDS DAY






Batangas State University joins in the observance of World AIDS Day 2017. With the theme "Right to Health", it highlights the need for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.

The observance started with a parade at Pablo Borbon Main 1, which was participated by University officials, led by Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, faculty, students, and guests. Dr. Ronquillo expressed commitment to the endeavors to provide awareness about HIV/AIDS and ensure the health and well-being of the members of the academic community. Guests were Dr. Allen Santos (City Health Office) and Ms. Ana Liza Abrenica (Provincial Health Office). The event was highlighted by the formation of human ribbon and lighting of candles to continue to show support for PLHIV and to commemorate those who died from AIDS-related illness.

The activity was spearheaded by the Gender and Development Office through Asst. Director Maria Theresa Arellano-Hernandez, in partnership with the SSC BATSTATE-U GPB Main Campus I , OSAS Guidance and Counseling Office Ms. Dianne Solis-Cullar and Peer Facilitators, Provincial and City Health Offices, and Barako Batangas Pride .



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END VAW 2017






Batangas State University annually observes the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (November 25-December 12). A parade dubbed "Walk to End VAW" kicks off the activities lined up for the observance of the campaign.

The theme "VAW free Community Starts with Me" highlights the need to raise awareness among the University's stakeholders that they need to stand up and be vigilant against the abuses experienced by women.

GAD Asst. Director Maria Theresa Arellano-Hernandez shared the projects implemented by the University relative to ending violence against women and children. Mr. Romer Castillo, FACAS Main 1 President, and Ms. Alyssa de Torres, SSC Main 1 President, expressed their support to this advocacy. Assoc. Prof. Romeo Casas De Castro expressed gratitude to the University officials, faculty, employees and students who continuously support the GAD program of the University. One of the activities during the 18-day Campaign to End VAW is a forum which provided insights on the experiences of a lawyer, a social...


GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN THE ACADEME: GAD ORIENTATION FOR NEW FACULTY AND EMPLOYEES







In order to address the need of new faculty and employees in basic GAD Orientation, Gender and Development Office initiated an orientation to be able to familiarize them in gender and development, gender mainstreaming, and GAD concepts, mandates, and tools last November 15, 2017 at International Affairs Office, CITE Bldg., Pablo Borbon Main I.

Atty. Alvin R. De Silva talked about Anti-Sexual Harassment Act. He highlighted the salient provisions of the act that would help the participants when they encounter such thing harassment. Also, he stressed-out the penalties that should be imposed to the offender. The difference between the Anti-Rape Law and Anti-Sexual Harassment was also classified. In addition, they gave examples on how it can be considered as sexual harassment.

However, Ms. Dianne S. Cullar, the Head of OSAS-Guidance and Counseling Office Main I shared her knowledge on GAD concepts. She imparted basic yet important knowledge that participants should know to lessen and soon to eliminate discrimination in all genders. Ms. Solis talked about difference between sex and gender roles, differ...


CONSULTATION MEETING FOR IFAD FUNDED PROJECT (BATSTATEU-ATIKHA PARTNERSHIP







United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (UN IFAD) Project External Evaluator, Mr. Joseph Alaban and Training and Consulting Services Officer Ms. Crystal Rose Dinglasan visited BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City on October 23, 2017. The visit aimed to conduct focus group discussion with Extension Services- GAD personnel on the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of implemented school-based migration and development programs in collaboration with ATIKHA, Inc.

Mr. Alaban and Ms. Dinglasan were welcomed by Extension Services Director Romeo C. De Castro and Asst. Directors Armando V. Mendoza Jr., Alvin R. De Silva and Ma. Theresa A. Hernandez at the Office of the President and later paid a courtesy call to President Tirso A. Ronquillo. Director De Castro formally introduced the guests to the President and explained the objectives of the visit and the focus group discussion.

During the discussion, ATIKHA Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Aileen P. Constantino briefly presented the collaboration between BatStateU and ATIKHA on School-Based Programs on Migration ...


CONSULTATION MEETING FOR IFAD FUNDED PROJECT (BATSTATEU-ATIKHA PARTNERSHIP

The University has forged partnership with ATIKHA, Inc., a non-government organization (NGO) promoting the welfare of overseas Filipinos (OFs) and their families. The NGO also engages in capacity-building for the members of the migrant sector to acquire skills in financial planning to ensure that migration will contribute to the long-term development of the OFs, their families and their communities. In accordance with the partnership agreement, the Training of Trainers on Gender-Sensitive Family and Income Management for Families of Overseas Filipino Workers was conducted last July 4 to 5, 2017 (8am to 5pm) at the Lecture Rooms of the International Affairs Office, CITE Building, Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.

Dr. Tirso Ronquillo-BatStateU President in his message asserted the importance of migration of Filipinos to economy and development as a whole. He even called on researchers to include researches on migration and development in their agenda and gave the commitment of the University to pursue PAPs that would help OFW families. ATIKHA Deputy Executive Director Ms. Aileen Constantino Penas, served as the resource speaker and the workshop facilitator.

This two-day seminar was designed for migration stakeholders and front liners. The modules discussed contain concepts on Savings, Investment and Borrowing. The training also provided a hands-on exercise for the participants about budgeting, goal setting and financial planning. It tackled coping mechanisms and also conveyed tips for transnational fam...


ORIENTATION ON GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT AND MAINSTREAMING STRATEGY






To serve the need of the Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas (CLB) in GAD mainstreaming, BatStateU’s GAD Office provided orientation seminar to its teaching and non-teaching staff last April 26.

The Office developed a training design that enabled the participants to easily acquire the basic GAD concepts and present GAD mainstreaming initiatives of Batangas State University. Assoc. Prof. Hernandez, Asst. Director for Gender and Development, initially talked about the basic GAD concepts such as gender roles, stereotypes, gender identities, etc. This technical assistance also consisted of workshops to measure the personnel’s knowledge on the said topics. She also shared that the University’s effort when it comes to mainstreaming practices are based on the GAD Agenda which encompasses the thrusts, goals, and specific PAPs/interventions. Her presentation included the accomplishments and other plans of the University’s GAD Office.

CLB is beginning to establish its mechanisms for gender and development mainstreaming. As part of its request of assistance from the discussions during the benchmarking activity, Assoc. Prof. Hernandez also shared her expertise on GAD Planning and Budgeting to respond to th...


BATSTATEU GENDER AUDIT: TRACKING GENDER MAINSTREAMING PROGRESS







The Gender and Development Office held its 2-day audit last April 24-25, 2017 to be able to track the progress and identify what still needs to be done in gender mainstreaming which was defined by the UN Economic and Social Council as “a strategy for making women’s as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the policies and programs in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated.”

Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez initiated the program with a short review of the concept of the gender mainstreaming, policy imperatives and strategies for gender mainstreaming. It centered on a discussion of the Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) Tool and how the tool will be applied in assessing GM strategies of the University.

The team started to assess the Policy, the first entry point. It was found out that there was a need to revise such policies like Extension Service Office Manual and other university policies. Though there are existing poli...


FY 2017 EXTENSION PROGRAMMING, PLANNING AND BUDGETING WORKSHOP WITH GENDER ANALYSIS THROUGH HGDG







The two-day training workshop gathered officials, heads and coordinators of the Extension Services Office in order to develop the 2017 ESO PAPs and Budget, and project proposals for the 10-point Extension Service Agenda.

Assoc. Prof. Romeo C. De Castro, ESO Director, discussed the Extension Service Framework, 10-point Extension Service Agenda and SUC Leveling Targets. He encouraged the heads and coordinators to formulate projects in line with the agenda. He also emphasized that ESO PAPs to be implemented are those which will respond to the SUC leveling targets in key result area 3, which is “Services to the Community”. He presented the targets of the area and proposed activities which can be considered to meet said targets. In addition, he also disseminated information on the 2017 ESO PAPs and Budget. He explained how each college/campus was given...


BATSTATEU-GENDER AUDIT: TRACKING GENDER MAINSTREAMING PROGRESS






BatStateU conducted its 2-day training- workshop on Enhanced Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework on August 6-7 to track the gender mainstreaming progress of the University from 2015-2017. The training served as venue for the University's Gender Audit of FY 2015-2017. It was attended by Extension coordinators and GAD Head Secretariats of all campuses.

Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza Jr., Director for Extension Services, delivered his opening remarks and left a message in support to University’s GAD activities initiated by Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez, GAD Assistant Director. This activity was facilitated by Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez. She initiated the program with a short review of the concept of gender mainstreaming, policy imperatives and strategies for gender mainstreaming. It centered on a discussion of the Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) Tool and how the tool will be applied in assessing GM strategies of the Universi...


TRAINING-WORKSHOP ON ENHANCED GENDER MAINSTREAMING EVALUATION FRAMEWORK







The training workshop was composed of seven sessions. Strategies utilized include lecture presentations, breakout group discussions, video presentations, and workshops. Pre-test and post-test were also administered to the participants.

Session 1: Gender Mainstreaming

This session focused on discussion of WID, WAD and GAD approaches; gender mainstreaming, mandates for gender mainstreaming, and Philippine gender mainstreaming strategy.

Session 2: Gender Analysis

The session began with an overview of gender analysis. Also discussed were the data and materials used for gender analysis. GA tools at the individual/household level, program and project, and organization level were also presented.

Session 3: Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework

This session centered on the presentation of the tool. Initially, the history of the development of GMEF and its enhancement were presented. The contents of the tool were also presented, which included the handbook, assessment questionnaires, scoresheet. The focus was on how to administer the tool.

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ORIENTATION WORKSHOP ON GENDER FAIR LANGUAGE




The orientation workshop was composed of two modules and six sessions. Strategies utilized include lecture presentations, group discussions, role play, breakout group discussions, video presentations, workshops and other individual and group activities. Pre-test and post-test were also administered to the participants.

Module 1: Context Setting – Gender and Development

Session 1: Review of GAD Core Messages

This session focused on discussion of GAD core messages, with emphasis on basic GAD concepts, namely; sex and gender; sexual orientation and gender identity; gender cues and gender expression; sex and gender roles; gender stereotyping; and gender issues. Varied activities were also conducted in order to enable the participants to gain knowledge of the concepts.

Module 2: Gender Fair Language .

Session 1: Mandates on the Use of Gender Fair Language

Session 2: Sexism in Language

Session 3: Gender Fair Language

Session 4: Gender Equality Guide

Session 5: Developing Gender Fair Stories

Session 6: Gender Sensitivity in Visual Communication

The module began with a discussion of the legal bases for the use of gender fair language (Session 1). The primary mandate presented was CSC Memorandum Circular No. 12, s. 2005. The said MC intended to encourage government...


INTEGRATING GENDER PERSPECTIVES IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS: A WRITESHOP FOR BATSTATEU EXTENSIONISTS







In order to capacitate extension coordinators and GAD head secretariats per campus on developing gender responsive programs and projects, a two-day writeshop was held last February 1-2, 2018 at Lecture Rooms 1 & 2, CITE Bldg., Pablo Borbon Main I.

Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, University President and Engr. Albertson D. Amante, VPRDE graced the event and expressed their willingness to support extension activities and suggested ways on how to develop and strengthen extension and GAD projects.

The first lecture was presented by Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza Jr. He presented the ESO ISO forms and Project Proposal Format. He highlighted the important matter and concerns in developing project proposals that most of the coordinators were having problems with.

Meanwhile, developing gender-responsive PAPs was discussed by Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa A. Hernandez, GAD Asst. Director. Her lecture focused on the use of Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) as a tool for planning and implementing gender-responsiv...


FY 2018 EXTENSION PROGRAMMING, PLANNING AND BUDGETING WORKSHOP WITH GENDER ANALYSIS THROUGH HGDG







The two-day training workshop gathered officials, heads and coordinators of the Extension Services Office in order to develop the 2018 ESO PAPs and Budget, and project proposals for the 10-point Extension Service Agenda.

Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza Jr., ESO Director, discussed the Extension Service Framework, 10-point Extension Service Agenda and SUC Leveling Targets. He encouraged the heads and coordinators to formulate projects in line with the agenda. He also disseminated information on the 2017 ESO PAPs and Budget.

Engr. Albertson D. Amante, Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Services, discussed the Smart Analytics and Engineering. His discussion centered on Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping and he also encouraged the participants to have an extension activity/project using the system/software and the participants eagerly suggested possible projects using it. Meanwhile, during his discussion, issues and concerns of the participants were mentioned particularly review of the duties and responsibilities of coordin...