Mary Michelle M. Quiambao - Provincial S&T Director - Pampanga
Gemimah D. Castañeda, Project Assistant II - DOST-Pampanga
As part of its advocacy to champion women, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Pampanga provincial office conducted several activities highlighting the need to address gender-related issues experienced by women as well as their important contribution in community development.
During the celebration of Women’s Month for the whole of March, the said office in cooperation with Soroptimist International Pampanga initiates its first activity on February 24, 2021, in collaboration with the Institute of Philippine Culture of Ateneo de Manila University and PCHRD entitled: “Implications of COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment to Communities” to provide substantial information about vaccination plans. In addition to this, a follow-up webinar (Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccine Work) was conducted on March 08, 2021 (National Women’s Day).
Cognizant of the fact that violence against women continue to occur, a webinar entitled: “The Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Violence in the Context of COVID-19” was facilitated by DOST – Pampanga for Social Welfare Development Officers in the province. As estimated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), there had been a 20 percent increase in domestic violence globally and even before this global health crisis, violence against women (VAW) was plaguing 1 out of every 4 Filipinas who is married or has been married at least once in their lives.
The last webinar for the Women’s Month was the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Understanding Coping Mechanism by the Filipino Youth,” in partnership with DOST-National Academy for Science and Technology (NAST) and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga City Health Office.
To encourage the development of “Womentrepreneurs,” DOSTkarte livelihood videos were shown during a trade fair at Waltermart San Fernando. It also invited one of its Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) beneficiary, the Floridablanca Association of Persons with Disability (FAPWD) to participate in the event. This group makes decorative items out of bamboo which they were able to sell at the fair.
As an indispensable part of nation-building, women should not be celebrated for just one month but for each and every day. For its part, DOST will continue to advance the cause of women by providing services and programs that empower them to realize their fullest potentials.
Photos by Ms. Gemimah D. Castañeda