Regional Development Council-Social Development Committee Chairperson Evelyn Castro, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa, NEDA 7 Regional Director and RDC 7 Vice Chairman Efren Carreon, PCW Chairperson Rhodora Bucoy, and Regional Sub-committee on Gender and Development Chairperson Teresa Fernandez
The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Visayas and the SDC Sub-committee on Gender and Development have entered into a tripartite agreement with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) to ensure a continued collaboration and sharing of resources to sustain efforts to promote gender mainstreaming in the region.
A memorandum of agreement (MOA) for this partnership was signed during the 3rd Quarter Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development Council held last 05 October 2018 in Dumaguete City. The signing was held after the RDC passed a resolution approving the tripartite agreement.
Signing the agreement were RDC 7-Social Development Committee Chairperson Evelyn Castro, PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa, National Economic and Development Authority 7 Regional Director and RDC 7 Vice Chairman Efren Carreon, PCW Chairperson Rhodora Bucoy, and RDC Regional Sub-committee on Gender and Development (GAD) Chairperson Teresa Fernandez.
Fernandez said that while there are still a lot of challenges as regards GAD, they are optimistic that the MOA will give a big push to their efforts to promote gender equality and localize the Magna Carta for Women.
With the MOA, GAD stakeholders are hoping they could already start conducting studies that will look at gender disparity in the region.
“We are happy to get the kind of support to make gender equality and gender empowerment real. We are looking forward to the achievement of AmBisyon Natin 2040 and that it will be shown in the lives of women and children. We are looking forward to a society that is fair, free, and equal,” Fernandez added.