National Conciliation and Mediation Board
Regional Branch No. 5
“One of the steps in building employee commitment and involvement especially in terms of gender perspective is to plan and execute social and athletic activities.” This was the opening statement of Regional Branch Director Reynaldo Foncardas of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch 5, or RCMB5 for brevity, said on the culmination of the Women’s Month celebration.
“The activities allowed our staff to interact with each other and thus build greater professionalism in government service rooted on dedication and innate integrity. This year’s theme: WE Make Change for Women, emphasized women as active drivers in bringing about positive changes. And this can be brought about by interaction, not only within the confines of the office but also outside such as with nature or historical places, or beautiful spots in the locality or with private as well as public offices. In this way, they can reap the development in the countryside and communities brought about by women’s efforts.”
In compliance with the Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 03 series of 2017 encouraging all government agencies to undertake activities that highlights women as positive change drivers, the RCMB5 conducted various activities like hanging of 2018 Women’s Month streamer in the façade of the office, wearing of shirts with official logo and print as prescribed by the Philippine Commission on Women, uploading of campaign streamer and official logo in the website of the RCMB5, conducting of an area-wide seminar on Gender and Development attended by representatives from private organized and unorganized companies in the Bicol Region, holding of an in-house seminar on Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth programs and services and participating in the “One Billion Rising” Campaign.
During the campaign, the RCMB5 employees joined the early morning foot parade that started from Vel Amor Subdivision, Cabangan, Legazpi City to Albay Astrodome, Capitol Compound, Old Albay District, Legazpi City where a short program was held. Placards were displayed declaring among others, to wit: “Let us walk to end the violence. Let us shake the earth into awareness.” “Love has the power to end violence.” “Women united will never be defeated.” “We make change work for women.” #WomenMakeChange
According to RCMB5 Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Josephine Amaranto who is also the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person, “The tour also revitalizes the employees to work more to achieve better productivity. From time to time, the staffs need to explore the community not only in the four corners of the office. In this way different perspectives especially in terms of gender equity and gender equality are absorbed and studied.”
The passage of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) mandated the gender mainstreaming and integrating of gender perspectives in government policies, plans, programs, activities and projects to carry out the law’s procedural, policy and sectoral program requirements.
EFLEDA A. HOURANI
APPROVED FOR RELEASE:
REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS
Regional Branch Director