The Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) bagged the third place for the Agency Category of the Gender Mainstreaming Awards of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The award was given and received by no less than DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos during the DOST’s 64th Anniversary: Gabi ng Parangal at Pasasalamat held on June 13, 2022 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City.
The DOST GAD Mainstreaming Awards is an incentive program of the department which aims to recognize deserving DOST regional offices, attached agencies, and Philippine Science High School Campuses for their outstanding performance in gender mainstreaming and effective implementation of gender responsive science and technology programs.
All winners from each category namely; DOST Agency Category Regional Office Category, and Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Campus Category have received with a trophy and cash prize.
The DOST-STII was awarded third place in the DOST agency category. The DOST- Science Education Institute (SEI) was awarded as the most outstanding office in GAD mainstreaming to be followed by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) getting the second place.
Meanwhile, DOST-Region VII, DOST-Region II, and DOST-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), respectively were the winners for the Regional Office Category while PSHS-Soccsksargen, PSHS-Central Mindanao, and PSHS-Central Visayas bagged the awards for the PSHS Campus Category, respectively.
GAD Mainstreaming efforts thru Communicating Science for the People
The DOST-STII continues its gender mainstreaming to respond to gender issues and GAD Mandates in the organization especially with its 2022 GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) endorsement by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), its third endorsement, and with the approval of the DOST-STII 2021-2026 GAD Agenda.
On the other hand, under the 2022 GPB, DOST-STII, considered as leaders in science, technology, and innovation information and communication, will continue to capacitate its stakeholders in Gender-Fair Communication through seminars, trainings, and workshops, as well as developing gender-fair communication tools as guide for content contributors.
Aside from that, DOST-STII is also expected to continue the campaign in recognizing the roles of women in science and technology through promotion in different DOST-STII social media pages and through special features in DOSTv regular programs and segments. In addition to that, the Institute will also observe all national campaigns and celebrations for gender equality and women empowerment.
Meanwhile, eyeing to be more inclusive, DOST-STII will conduct training needs assessments, surveys, focus group discussions, and meetings with its stakeholders to include their perspective, needs, and interests in developing programs and projects of the organization.
Also, part of the Institute’s advocacy is to promote a safe space for everyone, with that, through its Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI), DOST-STII will develop the CODI Manual and conduct Gender Based Sexual Harassment orientation to its stakeholders. The CODI members will also undergo trainings to capacitate them in handling cases.
Lastly, as included also in the 2022 GPB, is the continuous operation of the Mother and Child Care Center and the All Gender Restroom, as well as the continuous development and operation of the Centralized Sex-Disaggregated Database, the STARBOOKS Knowledge Products, and the GAD Language Checker Tool. (30) (By Carl Miguel A. Lusuegro, DOST-STII)