In line with the Proclamation No. 227, series of 1988: Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as “Women’s Role in History Month”, “WE for Gender Equality, Inclusive and Resilient Society” is DENR’s pronouncement to celebrate and conduct activities that will highlight the participation and contribution of women in ensuring a gender-equal and inclusive society where no one is left behind in development.
Given this, an Orientation on Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) in Climate Change was conducted on 08 March 2023, 9:00AM to 12:00NN via zoom platform. The inputs and discussions centered on ensuring including women and gender diverse people, people with a disabilities, peoples facing other form of marginalization and other vulnerable groups, to equitably access, use, contribute to, influence and benefit from the design, development and implementation of programs, activities and projects of the DENR.
Understanding the necessity of GEDSI, this activity was participated by more than one thousand DENR employees from various offices of the Central Office, Bureaus, Attached Agencies, Regional Offices, PENROs and CENROs.
Gender mainstreaming in the Environment and Natural Resources Academy (ENRA) Supervisory Course and Management Course Modules is crucial so that key officials and the leadership of the DENR are equipped with gender-responsive course modules in making sure that the agency’s mandates consider the differential needs, roles and expectations of both men and women -- towards the overall effectiveness of the agency and its contribution to the country’s development goals.
This was the goal in the recently- concluded Training of Trainers, and Gender-Responsive Workshop for the DENR ENRA Supervisory and Management Course Facilitators, held last 26-28 October 2022 at the Estancia de Lorenzo, San Mateo, Rizal. Attended by various DENR directors, division chiefs, section heads and their representatives, the activity was anchored on the Memorandum of Understanding between the DENR and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) who vowed to work together in pursuing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the environment sector. The partnership aims to fully mainstream Gender and Development in DENR’s programs, activities and projects.
The activity was implemented by the Gender and Development Office, Human Resource Development Service and Climate Change Service of the DENR Central Office with resource persons from the PCW. ###
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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna and Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change and chair of the National Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh (4th and 5th from left, respectively) lead the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the celebration of National Women’s Month with the theme “Women Make Change Amidst Climate Crisis and COVID-19,” on March 7, 2022 at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. A photo exhibit at the DENR lobby highlights the contributions of women on climate and disaster resiliency and COVID-19 response.