Dr. Rhodora M. Bucoy, Accredited National GAD Resource Pool Member, Former Professor UP Cebu, and Former Chair PCW delivered the keynote message to the participants of the 9th CALABARZON Regional GAD Convention.

The CALABARZON Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) conducted the 9th Regional Gender and Development Convention (GADCon) on September 15 to 17 via video conference. In line with this year’s theme, “CALABARZON: Moving forward amidst the challenges of COVID-19 for a gender-focused recovery,” the convention focused on the interventions to address gender-related issues and concerns amidst the pandemic.

During her keynote message, Dr. Rhodora M. Bucoy said that “leadership and inclusive participation of women is very important in mitigating the threats of COVID, and in preserving the gains we achieved in gender equality”. She urged the participants to let the crisis be a window of opportunity to build a more just and equal world.

PCW Executive Director Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chavez (upper left), RGADC Chairperson and NEDA IV-A Regional Director Luis G. Banua (bottom left), RGADC Co-Chairperson Juanita A. Villalon (upper right) and the PCW’s Technical Services and Regional Coordination Division Chief Nharleen S. Millar (bottom right) during the ceremonial signing of the PCW-RGADC Partnership Agreement.

The Convention also marked the renewal of the partnership of RGADC with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). RGADC Chairperson and NEDA IV-A Regional Director Luis G. Banua and PCW Executive Director Kristine Rosary E. Yuzon-Chavez led the ceremonial signing of the PCW-RGADC Partnership Agreement. The renewal of the partnership agreement covers the period 2021 to 2024 which included the conduct of the 9th Regional GADCon.

The topics presented in the GADCon were: Safe Spaces Act (RA No. 11313); Gender Ombud Guidelines; Gender-sensitive Responses in Addressing Gender-based Violence and Other Challenges from the COVID-19 Crisis; Gender in Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation; Workplace Gender Equality Amidst the Pandemic; Rising Incidence of Teenage Pregnancy Cases in the Philippines and CALABARZON Region During COVID-19 Pandemic; Gender in the Health Interventions Against COVID-19 in the Region; and Gender in Mental Health of Teachers and Students Amidst Pandemic.

The GADCon included audio-visual presentations, lectures, and open fora that showcased current and emerging gender-related topics.

A total of 390 participants from the local government units, academe, regional line agencies, and private sector participated in the convention.

Kenneth M. Egrubay, NEDA Region IV-A | September 20, 2021