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BSWM holds gender-based effectiveness training

By Loraine D. Cerillo - Project Development Officer II
June 15, 2015

The Gender-Based Effectiveness Skills Training or G-BEST headed by the Bureau of Soils and Water Management – Gender And Development (BSWM-GAD) focal person, Ms. Ma. Cecilia C. Moreno is a successful training program. Attended by the BSWM employees from the Administration Office and Technical Divisions on June 10-11 for the first batch, the second batch is scheduled on June 17-18. The training program aims to enhance the cognitive awareness and gender sensitivity among BSWM employees and directs the participants to familiarize themselves on current gender issues and realities in the country.

According to Dr. Leo Gallego of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Resource Speaker of BSWM-GAD, our destiny as humans should not be based on biology. He said that, there are many intervening factors that determine a person’s gender including the societal norms, upbringing, peers and cultural orientation. This also shapes our perceptions and explains why we have individual differences that we have to embrace and respect, he added.

“Your destiny should not be based on biology. Tayong lahat magkakaiba, kasi iba-iba tayo ng pinagmulan, magkaiba tayo ng mga sinasamahang tao paglumaki na tayo. Kaya nga sabi nila, there is no similar people created alike. Kaya dapat, respetuhin natin ang isa’t isa kahit pa man babae siya pero gusto niya lalaki siya,” Gallego explains.

The BSWM director, Dr. Silvino Q. Tejada manifested his support as he attended the Opening program of the Training. He shared his insights on the program by saying that he envisions the next year’s GBEST to be attended by the youth, the senior citizens from SWISA and BSWM retirees including persons with disability (PWD). He wishes that the program will be equally represented by the different individuals and sectors of the community to empower them.

“Nais ko pong isama sa ating programa ang kabataan, lalo na’t marami na ang mga young ages na ngayon ay kasama na natin sa BSWM. Maging ang ating mga senior citizens mula SWISA at BSWM retirees ay nais ko rin po sanang idagdag sa ating GAD programs, isama na rin po natin ang ating kapatid na may kapansanan o persons with disability (PWD). Layunin ko po na maging equally represented ang ating training, kaya ito pong G-BEST ay pwede rin tawaging: Girls and Boys Empowerment thru Skills and Training.”

The GBEST’s government campaign slogan, “Juana, ang Desisyon mo ay Mahalaga sa Kinabukasan ng Bawat Isa, Ikaw Na!” acknowledges the critical role that women portray in the society and their contribution to the community development through the years. Women, in particular, are considered the primary victims of structural violence or unequal opportunities, which capture the core of the Magna Carta for women, which is, to promote empowerment among women and to abolish unequal structures and practices that perpetuate discrimination and inequality between men and women.

With thirty participants for each batch, the topics were focused on Exploring Gender and Culture, Discovering the Cultural Iceberg, Understanding the Gender Cultural Dynamics, Recognizing Gender Realities and Issues, Valuing Male-Female Differences and Similarities and Facing the Gender Roles and Scripts.

The training was exciting and motivating because the topics were practical and the issues that were addressed appealed for both professional and personal lives of the participants. It also administered role playing, group discussions, workshops and other creative activities which made it a fun-filled training for the BSWM employees.

The BSWM-GAD calls for the equal contribution of both male and female including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community towards nation building. Men and women’s contribution is intertwined with respect for our human rights which had been one of the strongest points of the training program.

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