City employees hold gender sensitivity seminar

City Human Resource and Management Office (CHRMO) facilitated the conduct of Gender Sensitivity Seminar on October 26, 2016 at Roberto’s Casisang, Malaybalay City. This is a whole day activity participated by 67 City Government of Malaybalay employees.

Speakers from the Gender and Development Unit of Bukidnon State University were invited. Atty. Sherrymae O. Velos talked about Anti VAWC (RA 9262) or Anti Violence against Women and children while Mercedita Sendaydiego-Villamayor, Ph.D expounded on the following topics :
1. Gender And Development Code for the Local Government Unit
2. Gender Sensitivity
3. Gender Fair Language

V.A.W.C. or Violence Against Women and Children is defined as any act, or series of act committed by any person against woman who is his wife, or against woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or whom he has a common child, or against his child whether legitimate or illegitimate within or without the family abode resulting to physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats or such acts, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

Participants learned from Atty. Velos that Protection Order can be issued to victims upon filing of a VAWC complaint. Protection Order is the relief granted for the purpose of safeguarding the victim from further harm, minimizing any disruption in the victim’s daily life, and facilitating the opportunity and ability of the victim to independently regain control over her life.

VAWC victims are encouraged to disclose their predicament since violence committed to women and children is now considered a public offense. Corresponding penalties will be meted out to violators of this law after prosecution.

Meanwhile, Villamayor stressed the importance of GAD (Gender and Development Code) in every LGU. This is encouraged in order to promote, protect and fulfill women’s human rights to attain women empowerment and gender equality.

Sex and gender were thoroughly differentiated during the seminar. “Sex as something biological, natural and cannot be changed while gender can be cultural and socially acquired,” added Villamayor.

Cheris B. Tulang, CHRMO-NADA Coordinator


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