City receives award on gender mainstreaming

THE LOCAL government was awarded a certification on “gender mainstreaming” from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) after verification last November.

“Certified local learning hubs are considered as PCW’s partner in responding to the increasing demand in gender equality and development,” said Cecil Gutierrez, deputy director of PCW.

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DAVAO City Government’s Department Heads and Chiefs-of-Offices pose with the GAD Local Learning Hub Markers. Seen in the middle are Ms. Mary Ann M. Sanchez of PCW, Atty. Jhopee A. Agustin, Acting City Administrator and Ms. Cecille B. Gutierrez of the PCW (L-R).

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DAVAO City Government’s Department Heads and Chiefs-of-Offices pose with the GAD Local Learning Hub Markers. Seen in the middle are Ms. Mary Ann M. Sanchez of PCW, Atty. Jhopee A. Agustin, Acting City Administrator and Ms. Cecille B. Gutierrez of the PCW (L-R).

PCW is a national agency under the Office of the President.

Lorna Mandin, head of the Integrated Gender and Development Division, said the city received the certification marker along with three other local governments in the country.

She said the certification was timely as the observance of International Women’s Month draws to a close. The city as well as civic society groups regularly hold summit talks on pressing issues concerning the promotion, protection and fulfilment of women’s rights.

Gutierrez also commended Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as well as the city council for passing laws that promote equality among constituents.

The city in 2013 passed Ordinance 0417-12 or An Act Declaring Unlawful, Acts and Conduct of Discrimination Based on Sex, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Race, Color, Descent, National or Ethnic Origin, and Religious Affiliation or Beliefs and Penalizing the Same.

“As a certified local learning hub, we challenge Davao city to identify and implement programs for women’s economic empowerment and to continuously enhance your local programs,” said Gutierrez.

Recently, Duterte inked Executive Order 6 creating the coordinating council that will institutionalize a network composed of government and NGOs that will monitor cases of abuse and violence against women and providing for psycho-spiritual and psycho-social intervention.

It is the duty of the council to plan legislation promoting women’s rights, monitoring abuse cases, referring complainants, conducting rescue, as well as holding information and education campaigns.

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