PCO kicks off National Women’s Month with GAD conference

BAGUIO CITY -- In celebration of National Women's Month, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) staged a Gender and Development (GAD) conference on Thursday and Friday at the Manor Hotel here in Camp John Hay.

PCO Assistant Secretary for Operations and Special Concerns, Atty. Ana Maria Paz R. Banaag, who is herself a Cordlilleran, welcomed more than 100 participants during the opening session at the 19th Tee conference hall of the Manor's Forest Lodge.

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director for the Cordillera Administrative Region, Helen R. Tibaldo, and PCO Assistant Secretary for Media Accreditation and Relations, Fiducia Mia R. Lucas, were also in attendance.

Delivering the inspirational message was PCO Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and concurrent Chief of Staff, Atty. Enrique L. Tandan III, who chairs PCOO's Gender and Development Focal Point System.

His speech focused on the Duterte administration's partnership for change and full implementation of the Magna Carta for Women as captured through the theme, "We Make Change Work for Women."

Tandan also announced that the PCO was reverting to its previous name, the Office of the Press Secretary. This would take effect upon President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's approval of PCO's reorganization contained in an executive order drafted by soon-to-be Press Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin M. Andanar.

Dr. Florida P. Faculo, an expert on gender and development, conducted a seminar-workshop on GAD concepts, mainstreaming, and harmonized guidelines as well as gender planning and budgeting (GPB).

She lectured extensively on gender analysis, issues identification, and GPB formulation.

The two-day conference coincided with "Session Road in Bloom" -- the culminating activity of Baguio's month-long Panagbenga Festival.

Conference participants spent their free time on Friday night and Saturday morning at the flower festival. Some of them viewed PCO's ASEAN exhibit at the PIA kiosk on the second level of SM City Baguio, strategically located in the City of Pines' Upper Session Road. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency