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DARPO BATANGAS celebrates 2016 Women’s Month

 ZZ WEB NEWS 20160510 REGL R04A REXY PH1The Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office (DARPO) of Batangas recently hosted a series of events to honor its women employees and women farmer-beneficiaries.

With the theme “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda”, the DARPO Batangas initiated the celebration to resonate the call for gender-balance in leadership and decision making and the inclusion of women’s concerns in leadership platforms in the government’s development agenda.

The series of activities conducted were expected to help the men and women employees of DARPO Batangas and agrarian reform beneficiaries to better understand GAD issues and concerns, engage in livelihood opportunities, gain access to information on climate change and create awareness towards building a gender fair community.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II James Arsenio Ponce said the celebration started with a mass to give thanks for the realization of the event.
He said the activities included among others a forum on how to unlock business opportunities and a film showing to create awareness among the DARPO Batangas employees regarding the concepts of gender sensitivity and the issues of women in the development agenda. Free therapeutic massage services were also offered to the DARPO employees as well as demonstration on food preparation.

Aside from DAR employees, Ponce said DARPO Batangas also conducted an orientation on the basic gender and development (GAD) concepts for the 161 members of DAR assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) in Western and Eastern Batangas.

Farmers’ products of members from different associations and cooperatives from DARPO Batangas were displayed and sold during the trade fair for them to earn extra income.

To culminate the month-long celebration, a seminar on Gender and Development and Climate Change was conducted to explain the implementation of mainstreaming gender and development in Land Acquisition and Distribution and how to fully implement GAD in DARPO Batangas attended not only by the DARPO Batangas employees but also the MARO staff members of each cluster.
Ponce emphasized the importance of Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2011 which recognizes the rights of women especially in the inclusion of their names on the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs).

“Forms should be adjusted based on A.O. No. 1 changing the status of “married to” into “spouses” in the CLOAs which can give 50 percent of the land to the wife as a co-owner of it, “ he said.

Aside from this concern, Ponce presented the milestones of DAR and developments under the different administrations as well as gender and development concepts on DARPO Batangas highlighting and recognizing the rights of women on agricultural lands. (Jasper Christian L. Maralit)


PHOTO NO 1: PARO II James Arsenio Ponce while giving his lecture focusing on the application of A.O No. 1 in CLOAs during the GAD and Climate Change Seminar.

PHOTO NO. 2: Ms. Bernardine Baldoz Go, owner of The Blue Sapphire Social Events Corp. shares her expertise as well as the challenges and struggles in business world to the DARPO Batangas employees.

PHOTO N0. 3: Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of Eastern Batangas while making their final output for the GAD activity during the orientation on GAD basic concepts.

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