GAD and Regional Support Service

December 15, 2021

The Department of Science and Technology GAD and Regional Support Service entered the Tiktok world with a challenge, #MyVowToEndVAW, as part of its observance to the 2021 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women. The Service, led by Assistant Secretary for HRMMSSC, OIC for GRSS, and DOST-wide GAD Focal Person, Dr. Diana L. Ignacio, launched the Tiktok challenge to raise awareness about the Safe Spaces Act or RA 11313 with the slogan Filipino Marespeto; Safe Spaces, Kasali Tayo. It also aimed to support the objective of the campaign of preventing gender-based sexual harassment in public spaces and the streets, a core provision under the Safe Spaces Act. 

The said event was participated in by DOST employees from the regional offices and attached agencies, showcasing their talents in acting and dancing with a goal of presenting the message to end violence against women. A total of six (6) entries were judged based on the criteria: Relevance to the Theme – 30%; Content – 40%; Artistry, Creativity, Originality and with Entertainment Value – 25%; and Public Impact (highest number of likes and shares in Facebook) – 5% for a total of 100%. All the entries were then posted in the official GAD Facebook Page for four (4) days to accumulate likes and shares. 

Among all the entries, the video submitted by Alberto J. Malmis Jr., Catherine M. Erlandez, and Monique C. Arcinue of the DOST-NCR came out the victor, winning P5,000.00 gift certificates. Meanwhile, the entry of Mirasol A. Fernandez, Steven Marco N. Solano and Rommel R. Serreno of the DOST-V bagged the second place with P3,000.00 gift certificates, followed by the video of Deborah Joy J Cepria, Faye A. Flores and Reann Bernadette E. Tolentino of DOST PCHRD won the 3rd place with P2,000.00 gift certificates.  

The announcement of winners was held in the annual DOST GAD Focal Point Assembly held on Friday, December 10, 2021, where GFPS members from all DOST regional offices and attached agencies including the Philippine Science High School System virtually gathered in Zoom to be updated of the gender mainstreaming situation of DOST and the orientation in the Development of the DOST GAD Strategic Plan 2022-2028 in incompliance with PCW Memorandum Circular 2018-04 on the Preparation of GAD Agenda. 

During the Assembly, identified regional office and attached agencies: DOST-II; ITDI; STII; PSHS SOCCSKSARGEN; PCAARRD shared their best practices in gender mainstreaming while the University of the Philippines Center for Women and Gender Studies (UPCWGS), gave an orientation pertaining to the development of the DOST GAD Strategic Plan and how to effectively participate in the asynchronous activities using the “DaKILa (Date, Knowledge, and Information Launcher) Online Learning Platform. Also, the participants gained knowledge and skills from the expertise of the resource speakers – Prof. Giovanni Tapang, PhD, Dean, College of Science, University of the Philippines; Dr. Rhodora Bucoy, former PCW Chairperson and Commission on Education; Dr. Excelsa C. Tongson, Deputy Director for Training and Outreach, UPCWGS; and Dr. Marie Aubrey J. Villacerin, Deputy Director for Research and Publication, UPCWGS. 

The event was also attended by Asst. Secretary Diana L. Ignacio, STII Director Richard P. Burgos, PSHS CALABARZON Director, Dr. Jose M. Andaya, PSHS WVC, Director Shena Faith M. Ganela, PSHS-SRC Director, Chuchi P. Garganera, and DOST-ALS Director, Atty. Angely P. Medalle-Alviar. – GAD and Regional Support Service

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