New Regional Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE) President Melecio C. Ubilas of DSWD representing Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo emphasized the need to converge government efforts through 3Cs (communicate, coordinate, and collaborate) as vital components to realize the goals of Gender Equality in Region 1.
As exhorted, ‘to communicate’ is giving information/feedback anytime anywhere to concerned individuals who could assist and provide necessary interventions on cases of Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC); ‘ to coordinate’ with partners to strengthen responses to any discrimination against women; and for all agencies to ‘collaborate’ to ensure gender equality at all times.
This was among the significant messages of the 2013 Women’s Month Celebration of the RAGE that included a Fun Walk, Thanksgiving Mass, Oath Taking of New RAGE Officers, and Dialogue on Gender and Development held at COA Auditorium, San Fernando City, La Union, recently.
The new RAGE Officers representing their agencies are as follows: President – Melecio Ubilas (DSWD); Vice President – Marichu Cuizon (CSC); Treasurer – Irenea Ubungen (NSCB); Board of Directors – Ines Meneses (NEDA), Dr. Edwin Ferrer (DepEd), Atty Rommel Daguimol (CHR). The oath-taking was facilitated by Atty. Raquel Dulay Estigoy Andres, the Clerk of Court VI of Regional Trial Court, City of San Fernando, La Union.
Further, the DSWD’s Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE) which is a group of men with integrity advocating for the rights of women was popularized among the participating agencies. Its visions and goals of expanding more among government offices and even up to the baragay level was advocated by its President, Benjamin F. Baldo. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regional Information Officer)