PIA News Service - Sunday, March 25, 2012

Caraga gender committee plans workshop on disaster reduction, climate change

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, March 25 (PIA) -- In line with the celebration of the Women’s Month, the region’s gender committee is organizing a workshop on disaster and climate change.

The Caraga Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) is spearheading the conduct of Workshop on the Role of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation on March 27.

The activity, dubbed, “Kababaihan ug Kalalakihan Magkatimbayayong Panahon sa Katalagman (Women and Men in Unity in Times of Disaster),” aimed to bring disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation especially to women in the community.

Atty. Marylin Pintor, Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga regional director and GADCC chairperson said the activity will also serve as a venue to discuss the role of women in disaster risk reduction and the issues that concern them.

Undersecretary Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will also serve as one of the resource speakers to discuss “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: The Philippine Perspective.”

Secretary Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering of the Commission on Climate Change is also invited to discuss “Climate Change and the Philippine’s Adaptation and Action Plan.”

Diosita T. Andot of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) is set to discuss the the Role of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Caraga regional director and Regional Development Council (RDC) vice chairperson Carmencita S. Cochingco is also tasked to present the geo-hazard maps of Caraga Region.

Pintor said participants will undergo workshop on the issues and concerns of women in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. “Afterwhich, they (participants) are required to present their output where our resource speakers will serve as critics,” Pintor said.

The theme of this year’s Women’s Month celebration is: “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility.”

This year’s celebration supports the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program of the present administration which is one of the clusters of the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. (RER/PIA13 Caraga)

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Concluding rites of Caraga Women’s Month set in Butuan

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Mar. 25 (PIA) -- In conclusion of the women’s month celebration, the gender committee of Caraga will hold a culmination program on March 30 at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds.

In a press statement, Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) chairperson and Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor said the activity is aimed at strengthening camaraderie and network among Gender and Development (GAD) advocates in the region.

Pintor also said the whole day culmination activity will highlight a cheer dance competition to be participated in by GADCC member-agencies and stakeholders. Also, member-stakeholders will showcase their talent in a singing challenge.

“To give more color to the activity, series of Laro ng Lahi or parlor games will also be conducted,” Pintor said.

Meanwhile, the Butuan City Band is also invited to render songs and music that ends the program through a jamming session, it was learned.

It can be recalled that on March 1, all member-stakeholders have participated the opening ceremonies held at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol covered court, where a mini-concert was conducted featuring local talents from the different national line agencies.

Also, releasing of sky lanterns highlighted the program which signified the opening of the month-long celebration. It was learned that around 500 sky lanterns were released by employees of the national line agencies during that activity.

This year’s Women’s Month celebration is anchored on the theme, “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility” which also supports the Philippine Development Plan of President Benigno S. Aquino III, particularly in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. (RER/PIA13 Caraga)