Gender and Development

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 In observance of the National Women’s Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has reconstituted the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFPS) to oversee the implementation of GAD mainstreamed activities in all environmental programs of the department.


Engr. Remedios Pauig, Licenses and Patents and Deeds Division chief and RGAD head secretariat, underscored this during her recent radio interview. “The RGAD focal point system will serve as an avenue to promote the agency’s gender equality; engage and empower women to participate in environmental programs; and eliminate discrimination and abuse against them as they are potential in the development of our country,” she said.


The celebration kicked off on March 1 was highlighted with a synchronized performance of the One Billion Rising Dance to fight discrimination and violence against women. This was led by RGADFPS Chairperson Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan, the first woman director of DENR Region 2.


“The committee members of the RGADFPS will be the prime movers to implement the GAD programs and to ensure that men and women in our organization as well as partners and stakeholders of the department will be engaged and benefitted from our environmental programs,” she added.


The National Women’s Month celebration is embodied in Presidential Proclamation No. 227 known as “Providing for the Observance of the Month of March as Women’s Role in History Month.#

 
 
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In celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office 2 distributed free forest and fruit bearing seedlings ready for planting, and free certified technical description.
 
 
Walk-in clients were given forest and fruit bearing seedlings like Arius (Podocarpus costalis), Tuai (Bischofia javanica), Tagpo (Ardisia squamulosa presl), Kamagong (Diospyros blancoi), Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Lubeg (Syzygium lineatum), Yakal (Shorea astylosa) and Ipil (Intsia bijuga) to promote backyard greening in the community.
 
 
Technical description were also distributed for free to the first 50 clients, a practice since 2017.
 
 
In the Philippines, the first week of March of every year is declared as Women's Week and March 8 as Women's Rights and International Peace Day by virtue of Proclamation No. 224 series of 1988.
This year's IWD theme is "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow!".

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Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 join the synchronized performance of the One Billion Rising Dance earlier today to drumbeat the National Women’s Month celebration.


Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan who is known as a champion of gender responsiveness and equality in the organization and program implementation led the kick-off program at the DENR regional office.


“Kung meron mang pagbabago, kasama ang mga kababaihan dito...Pagbabago para sa kabutihan ng lahat,” Director Bambalan said emphasizing the roles of women in effecting change amidst climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.


The lady director also encouraged the employees to promote gender sensitivity in the workplace by delivering quality, timely and efficient service to all clients of the department.
In the orientation of the newly reconstituted Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFPS) yesterday, Director Bambalan who also chairs the RGADFPS emphasized the main goal of the gender and development program which is to promote gender equality between men and women and other marginalized sectors in achieving economic, ecological and political empowerment.


“The word empowerment is important to all of us. Empowering is enabling, capacitating. If we want equality, we should be empowered. You are empowered when you don’t need other sources of power for you to go on with your functions or activities,” she highlighted.


Assistant Regional Executive Directors Marcos Dacanay and Ismael Manaligod, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario Ancheta and Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Nelson Honrado also compose the executive committee of the RGADFPS. They act as the vice chairpersons.


The DENR Region 2 will hold various activities this month which include orientation on gender sensitivity, film viewing of documentaries about successful women, performance of the One Billion Rising dance every Monday, and gift giving at the Women’s Haven and Children’s Orphanage in Solana, Cagayan.
Free certified technical description and seedlings will also be given at the regional office on March 8 in celebration of the International Women’s Day.#

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Eduardo Pascua, his wife and four children are now reaping a great bounty as each of them
maintains a forested area of their 24-hectare total NGP plantation in Sitio Gattac, Darubba, in
Quezon town.


Inspired from the success that Integrated Social Forestry has brought them more than two
decades ago, Pascua family adopted NGP areas in 2014 that are now covered with Gmelina,
Narra, and other forest and fruit-bearing tree species.


"Hindi po namin maitataguyod ang pag-aaral ng mga anak namin kung hindi dahil sa kasipagan
ng pagtatanim ng asawa ko. Ngayon, lahat na po kami ay nagtatanim," said Linda Pascua. She
also expressed her pride as they now have one police officer and two mechanics in the family.
Aside from the economic benefits, not only the family but the whole community now enjoy
cooler air and overflowing water coming from the mountaintop.


"Marami na po kasing puno ngayon na humahawak ng tubig, di tulad noon na diretso ang tubig
sa ilog kapag maulan," said Eduardo as he recalled the often occurrence of soil erosion when
their plantation was still barren.

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Editha Manuel, chairperson of the Baliuag-Bical Upland Farmers Association, Inc. (BBUFAI) is a dedicated woman farmer behind the productive cacao plantation under the implementation of the DENR’s greening program in the municipality of Peňablanca.

“Lubos ang aking pasasalamat sa DENR dahil sa kabuhayang binibigay sa aming mga miyembro ng BBUFAI.  Sa ngayon, kumikita na ako galing sa NGP,” said chairperson Editha Manuel.

Manuel was awarded 10-hectare NGP site in Barangay Baliuag in 2017.

“Sobrang nahirapan ako sa pagpapalaki ng cacao dala ng epekto ng climate change. Akala ko hindi lalago ng ganito ang aking mga tanim,” she added.

She cited the consistent technical assistance and support extended by the DENR personnel during the early stage of her plantation.

Through the returns of NGP, Manuel was able to put up a store to sell cacao tablea and banana crackers in the community. 

According to her, the said native product delicacies are also sold in one of the convenience stores in Tuguegarao City.  Likewise, she regularly supplies fresh banana as meal dessert for patients confined in a government hospital in the city.

The banana intercropped within the cacao trees was their best practice as it serves as shield from direct sunlight.  In this way, the problem in growing the cacao trees was addressed.  “Habang hinihintay naming mamunga ang cacao, nakatulong pa ang saging sa pangkabuhayan namin maliban sa naging solusyon ito sa paglaki ng mga cacao. Hindi kagaya noon na luging-lugi kami sa aming maisan,” she added.

The chairperson, who is fondly called “Ate Edith” by her peers has been a model to her NGP co-beneficiaries.  She patiently grew the trees in her area and educate other members in the community to conduct replanting activities and plant more trees to attain a high survival rate.  Her four skilled staff in cacao tablea and banana cracker processing were trained under the supervision of Manuel.

Meanwhile, father and daughter Dominador and Joan Kainggitan, also NGP beneficiaries and BBFUAI members, expressed how the program changed their lives as they had been longing to acquire lots but to no avail. 

“Binago ng NGP ang buhay naming magsasaka.  Kung dati, salat kami sa pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan, ngayon ay mas magaan na ang aming pamumuhay sa tulong ng aming mga ani mula sa mga fruit bearing trees,” Joan said.

As the NGP goes on, these stakeholders are continuously maintaining the trees they planted.  Constant replanting and monitoring in the plantation site are now part of their daily activities. 

According to them, they are in full support of this project to secure them on food supply and to cope with the impact of climate change. 

The BBUFAI members who were awarded 67.8 for 2017 and 2018 pledged to attain a 100% survival of their plantations.#