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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.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has signed a partnership agreement with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to mainstream gender and development (GAD) programs and capacitate officials and employees to promote gender equality in all aspects of work within the DENR.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the agreement will bring great strides in the GAD implementation as it raises awareness about the role of women in the environment sector.

"We at the DENR are honored to have this partnership with PCW to promote the role of women in the environment sector and spread more awareness about their significant role," Cimatu said.

According to the DENR chief, the recent addition of the GAD courses in the agency’s Environment and Natural Resources Academy (ENRA) also serves as "another avenue for DENR personnel to be more equipped in the changing society and times."

"With the recent launch and conclusion of the special course on enforcement at ENRA, another specialized course—this time on GAD—will make men and women more sensitive and more prepared to interact with their colleagues while keeping in mind the lessons in gender and development," Cimatu added.

Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, who serves as the chairperson of the DENR's National Gender Focal Point System, said that the agreement serves as "an anticipatory and thorough planning for mainstreaming gender and development concerns in the department, rather than the as-the-need-arises basis."

"Partnership is bound to change the way we in the DENR team can go about assessing the state and requirements of gender-based training in the Department, prioritizing carefully those that need attention on both sides," Rebuelta-Teh said.

Meanwhile, PCW Executive Director Kristine Rosary Yuson-Chaves said the Commission has "high hopes that this endeavor will bring clarity as well as new insights to DENR’s mainstreaming journey."

According to Yuson-Chaves, PCW "has identified the environment sector to be prioritized for the provision of the GAD-related technical assistance."

"PCW commits to support DENR in this gender mainstreaming journey so that implementation will go beyond near compliance but, more importantly, to achieve gender responsiveness of the agency’s programs, projects, activities and services, and realize positive impacts in the lives of its duty-bearers and clients, especially on women and girls," said Yuson-Chaves.

Under the agreement, the DENR will take the lead in organizing GAD-related activities, including preparation of GAD Plans and Budgets, and Enhanced Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework.

Meanwhile, PCW will provide resource persons to guide and support the capacity development program of DENR in its ENRA’s supervisory and management courses and extend the necessary technical assistance in other related activities.

The PCW serves as the national machinery for gender equality and women’s empowerment and is mandated to capacitate national government agencies to effectively implement Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women.

Witnessing the signing of the partnership agreement were DENR Climate Change Service Director Elenida dR. Basug, also the concurrent Director for DENR GAD Office, and PCW Chief GAD Specialist for Sectoral Coordination Division Macario T. Jusayan. ###

Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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statement calling for the role of women and girls to be advanced in addressing climate change has been launched at COP26, jointly-sponsored by the Scottish Government and UN Women.

The Glasgow Women’s Leadership Statement on Gender Equality and Climate Change commits to further strengthening efforts to support women and girls to lead on addressing climate change at community, national, and international level.

It recognises that women and girls are often disproportionately affected by climate change and face greater risks and burdens from its impacts, particularly in situations of poverty.

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PCW and DENR ink Partnership Agreement on Gender Mainstreaming

29 October 2021 | Zoom

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), inked last October 29, 2021 a Partnership Agreement on Gender Mainstreaming.   The Agreement was signed by Atty. Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chaves, Executive Director of the Philippine Commission on Women, and Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Climate Change and Chairperson of  DENR National Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System. 

The PCW serves as the national machinery for gender equality and women’s empowerment and is mandated to capacitate National Government Agencies to effectively implement Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women of 2009. Meanwhile, the DENR is the primary agency governing and supervising the exploration, development, utilization and conservation of the country’s natural resources.

Under the partnership, the PCW and DENR agreed to mainstream GAD in the supervisory and management modules of the Environment and Natural Resources Academy (ENRA), and to avail of PCW’s technical assistance in enhancing and finalizing the DENR GAD Agenda, annual GAD planning and budgeting exercises, annual GAD accomplishment reporting, and assessment for Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework.

Signing too as witnesses to the Partnership Agreement are Ms. Elenida dR. Basug, Director for DENR Climate Change Service and Concurrent Director for DENR GAD Office and Mr. Macario T. Jusayan, Chief GAD Specialist for Sectoral Coordination Division of the PCW.

The activity was attended by over a hundred DENR officials and key personnel coming from its Bureaus, Services, attached agencies, and regional offices nationwide, including senior staff members from PCW.###




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