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CSC supports Women's Month celebration, promotes gender equality development

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (28 February) -- This month of March, the country will once again commemorate "Women's Month".

In line with this, the Civil Service Commission (CSC), through its Chairman Ricardo Saludo, released Memorandum Circular No. 7 series of 2009, enjoining all government agencies to undertake certain activities.

CSC MC no.7 guides all government agencies to hold talks on rules on Sexual Harassment (SH) and it also reiterate the requirement for agencies to constitute their own Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) pursuant to existing rules on SH.

Under MC no.7, all government agencies' CODI are also enjoined to: inspect their office premises to identify and cause the removal of pictures, posters, wallpapers on desktop computer, and other materials that are offensive to women, and to speak to individuals in their workplace who have been known to use sexist language or those may be engaging in talks or actions disrespectful of women with the objective of improving gender-sensitivity in their agency.

This year's National Women's month theme is "Babae, Yaman ka ng Bayan", in recognition of the significant contribution of women in the nation's economic development. The celebration shall focus on creating a gender-responsive environment to encourage and support women to venture into high-value and more meaningful economic activities and enterprise development.

In a Kapihan forum, Wednesday, Adoralyn Marigza of CSC-CAR, also affirmed that CSC has been pushing for equality development, equal development opportunities and equal access to resources, for all government employees regardless of their gender, with no discrimination and not favoring any political affiliation.

Marigza also confirmed that the CSC has many programs and issued policies to protect women and to ensure their participation in the country's development. CSC also has a checklist on good working environment, as they are also promoting healthy workforce for healthy governance.

Marigza also acknowledged that it is only in Baguio City wherein all sectors - government line agencies, local government units, NGOs and people's organization work together for a meaningful celebration of women's month.

Locally, the theme for the city's women's month celebration is "Baguio Centennial: Women as Co-builder's of the City. To kick-off the schedule of activities for the celebration, a Kapihan Forum was held Wednesday, through the initiative of the City Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with the city government, led by the SP Committee on Social Services chaired by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda. (PIA) [top]

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