The Provincial Population Office in collaboration with the Provincial Human Resource Management & Development Office organized a 4 day Gender Sensitivity Training to all employees of the provincial government in Mindanao Civic Center-Hotel Function Hall. This training will ensure that people rely less on assumptions about traditional and outdated views on the roles of men and women. The training is done in two batches; October 3-4 for the first batch, and October 5-6 for the second batch.
More than 70 participants from different provincial offices and departments have expressed their interest to join the training. It aims to incorporate genders concepts, socialization, issues and continue to practice gender equality in the work place particularly to the offices or departments that provides the frontline services of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte.
The first day of the training, employees were introduced to the concept of Gender Characteristics between male and female. Then followed by Gender Socialization, it is the process of learning the social expectations and attitudes with one’s sex. Through this, employees will learn and understand why human males and females behave in different ways. Gender Socialization occurs through such diverse means as parental attitudes, schools, how peers interact with each other, and mass media. Sometimes gender roles lead to inequality, for example, women’s social roles were once more restricted regarding politics and military. The facilitators try to break the stereotyping of the roles of women in our society. Before females are characterized as weak, submissive and dependent while males are seen strong, dominant and independent. In today’s time, women are as competitive as men. In addition, the State recognizes the role of women in nation building and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men. Furthermore, the State shall provided women rights and opportunities equal to that of men.
For the second day, slide shows were being presented to the provincial employees the manifestations of gender issues such as discrimination to women in the community especially in the work place as well the negative effect it brought to our society in general. Employees were encouraged to be proactive in dealing with gender issues and help promote gender equality in the community particularly the men in our society.
Before the training ends for the first batch, employees were reminded with the laws that protect the rights of individuals especially the women and children and the Policies and Programs that promote Gender Equality and Development.
Before the training started, Ms. Ananette B. Daniel, PPO Department Head, emphasized in her message that this will never be a boring activity and that it is a training where employees should look out for and enjoy. For this not only expresses the importance of understanding the gender sensitivity inside the Provincial Capitol but also strengthens the unity between employees to provide quality service to all.
This Gender Sensitivity Training is in compliance to Article II of gender Development Program, Section 3 – “Gender Sensitivity Orientation and Training of the Gender and Development Code of Lanao del Norte states that, all schools offices, establishment or companies, department and agencies within the provinceof Lanao del Norte shall be provided with gender sensitivity orientation and training to equip them with theoretical and practical knowledge on gender issues and concerns.”
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Chaired by Vice-Governor Maria Cristina N. Atay, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo fully supports activities that enhances the skills and knowledge as well as broaden the minds of the employees in the conduct of their functions as providers of quality service for the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN