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Regional GAD Convention for Quezon Province

LUCENA CITY, Quezon -- The Provincial Government of Quezon in partnership with the CALABARZON Regional Gender and Development (GAD) Committee convened for the Regional GAD Convention for Quezon Province last 15-17 November 2017 at the Lima Park Hotel, Malvar, Batangas.

The three-day event brought together roughly hundred participants from different GAD offices, Local Government Units, State Universities and other higher education institution in Quezon Province.

According to Quezon PIO, the best practices, initiatives and strategies on GAD efforts were shared to address the challenges on mainstreaming gender in various sectors. Some of the important topics presented in the convention include Implication of Asean Integration on Gender and Development; Gender-Fair education; Women in media; Making the Drugs Rehab Program Gender responsive; Gender and Mental health; Gender responsiveness among family responsibility and sharing the best practices and addressing gender issues through the Quezon’s First 1000 Days of Life program.

Provincial Health officer II and Program Management Officer of the Q1K program Dr. Grace V. Santiago attended the Regional GAD Convention for Quezon province. In her talk, she shared the ingenuities of the program to constantly address gender issues by generating behavioral change among parents and community in child rearing. According to her the Technical Working Group of Q1K formulated set of activities and interventions for pregnant mothers and babies and the whole family through the three primary components of the program; the Health care and Sanitation, Food and Nutrition and Social Care.

In her closing message, Quezon Provincial Gender and Development Head, Ofelia M. Palayan on the other hand called on all participants to make GAD a way of life in pursuit of equality among men and women and emphasized that with the collective efforts from various sectors, she expressed hope that Quezon province will be gender responsive to the needs of women, men and children and the elderly.

True to the goal of Gov. David C. Suarez by giving the Quezonian’s gender responsive governance through policy making, programs and projects responsive to gender concerns, the said event can provide opportunities and pave the way to achieve greater gender equity and women empowerment for the whole province. (GG/R. Orinday-PIA-Quezon with reports from Quezon PIO)

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