National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

29 September 2017


Legazpi City – NCMB Regional Branch 5 Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (SupLEO) Josephine Amaranto cascaded the learnings she gained from the Gender and Development (GAD) seminar she attended last August 22-25, 2017 to her co-workers in the Branch.

In a one-day seminar intended solely for GAD-related topics and activities that was held at Balay Buhay sa Uma, Bulusan, Sorsogon on September 23, 2017, SupLEO Amaranto echoed all the teachings she learned about GAD.

“It has really been the commitment of the office to echo to personnel and staff what we learned from seminars or trainings we have attended,” said NCMB Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas.  “And since various initiatives have been promoted by the government to make our public service more gender responsive, it is but fitting that we set a time for discussion of GAD programs.  This is a concern of everyone.”

The activity was punctuated with power-point presentation, video-showing, workshop, role-playing, and open discussion.  Actual experiences on gender issues and opinions were shared by the participating employees.

The aim of the seminar is to increase awareness and advocacy for gender issues and the development of mechanisms for planning and implementation of GAD Programs.  Disseminating information on gender issues, mainstreaming the program in the services of the Branch and building capacities to provide assistance in establishing or improving facilities for women were some of the purposes by which the activity was conducted.

“After the lecture and presentations by Ma’am Amaranto, an open forum was carried out,” narrated Administrative Officer IV Hazel G. Caroche.  “For me, this is the highlight of the activity because we were able to express our opinions and ideas on the issues regarding GAD.  This was a no-holds-barred discussion.  There were no rules or limits to whatever we wanted to say.  It was done in a casual and informal way.  That is why we were able to state whatever we wanted to express.”

Admin Aide II Ronnie Espinosa said in the local dialect, “I learned that GAD is not for the benefit of women alone but a respectful participatory society where all people are equal regardless of sex or gender.  We must not stereotype.  We must also promote a community that is free from violence.”

According to SupLEO Amaranto plans are underway to repeat the same exercise for the benefit of some employees of the Branch who were not able to attend the activity.  “Due to the success of the activity where everyone was happy of the way the seminar was conducted because it was relaxed and comfortable, we have to allot another time for a repeat of the same for the benefit of those who were not able to join us for one reason or another,” she concluded.


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EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                           REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                   Regional Branch Director