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DOST V-GAD highlights health concerns and enterprise development in this year’s Women’s Month Celebration

11 April 2016

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V celebrated this year’s Women’s Month and highlighted health concerns and enterprise development for its personnel. Activities undertaken at DOST V under the Gender and Development (GAD) Program on 16-17 March 2016 support the implementation of RA 6949 spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).

Along health initiatives/activities, being knowledgeable/equipped of the information particularly on the proper health care could prevent the personnel from getting sick and be absent from work. Thus, one’s good health is vital to the individual’s productivity/performance and the agency output for the current and coming years.

Government personnel practicing a Healthy Lifestyle will be of much help to his/her family and the community as well. With the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, it is imperative upon the people to have their own priority based on government initiatives/informed choices and access to health services especially for the under-privileged/less fortunate and encourage them to be health advocates.

Dir. Magdalena G. Abellera, Regional Director, Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region V gave the orientation-lecture on the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, how it evolved after thirteen (13) years and four (4) months of revisions in the bill/law and finally the Supreme Court declaring it as “not unconstitutional” in 2013. Both the Magna Carta of Women and the RH Law provide the delivery of health services and protection for women and their families/children. Access to RH information is strengthened and most applicable in life threatening cases and for abused children.

For the Department of Health (DOH) Region V, Dr. Gladys S. Escote, Development Management Officer V and Head, DOH-Albay Provincial Office shared the agency’s programs and services for the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Another topic “Trauma and Emergency Cases” was discussed by Dr. Escote (a medical doctor/surgeon) emphasizing that the primary task of medical personnel and first aid providers (can be anyone of us) is to save lives. It is important to be guided by a plan in getting started, basic life support strategies, provision of logistics and proper medical care/assistance.


In promoting enterprise development, three (3) professors from the San Francisco Institute of Science and Technology (TESDA - SFIST) lectured on identified topics as follows:

1.) “Hotel Management/Basic Housekeeping”
Resource Speaker: Ms. Mediatrix N. Lodor

2.) “Electrical Repair”
Resource Speaker: Mr. Alritz B. Escoto

3.) “Bread and Pastry”
Resource Speaker: Ms. Kathleen R. Bejo

While health is everyone’s concern, equally important is the care for the environment. Along this, DOST is pushing for the use of renewable energy. Solar power is now becoming popular and applied in households and industrial/commercial plants. Engr. Jacinto Alexis B. Elegado, Provincial S&T Director, PSTC-Albay oriented the participants on the materials to be used, and installation and maintenance of solar panels and accessories. Solar power can be availed of for a maximum of twelve (12) hours for seven (7) days depending on the device capacity and price. Enjoying light and other amenities for less cost makes one prefer the environment-friendly solar power and refrain from inconvenience due to brown-out.

Every procedure discussed by the trainers is shown through a demonstration. DOST V personnel had a chance to show what they learned in the following: “Bed Make-up, Electrical Installation (using fluorescent lamp set) and Cake Decoration”. The knowledge/skills acquired in the GAD activity are very useful even for home application by both men and women. Also, with the rising cost of products/services, it is best for us to be creative, innovative and resourceful.

Theme for 2016 Women’s Month Celebration is “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda”. Though the celebration is centered on the recognition of achievements and outstanding performance of women in their chosen career, men too have a great role to play as partners in professional and institutional development. (Dr. P.O.Lucena, DOST V).