With the theme “Agenda ng Kabaihan Tungo sa Kaunlaran,” the National Conciliation and Mediation Board Regional Branch No. 1 joins in celebrating the 2022 National Women’s Month.

In line with this, the Branch participated in activities sponsored by stakeholders such as the Regional Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE) -1, Inc. and the Civil Service Commission Region 1. The former hosted a planning conference via Zoom on 28 February 2022 joined by the Branch through GAD Focal Person Marissa Orcino.

The Branch’s kick-off celebration was held on March 8, 2022. It featured a web lecture by Atty. Dex Diwas on Republic Act No. 11313, also known as Bawal Bastos Law, and a talk by Dr. Lucila O. Espinosa on Mental Health and Stress. It was followed by a cook-off event held to demonstrate to Branch employees how they may support women in their regular responsibilities and promote gender-sensitive events.

On March 24, 2022, Orcino participated in the GFPS Assembly and GAD Convention. The theme of the webinar was “RGADC-1 in the Frontlines: Strengthening the Institutionalization of GAD Focal Point Systems Towards Data-Driven Gender Mainstreaming in the Ilocos Region” via Zoom. Hosted by Philippine Information Agency Region 1, it featured speakers from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Department of Health, Population Commission, and National Development Authority.

On 28, 2022, all Branch staff watched CineJuana videos targeted at highlighting women’s strengths and accomplishments with the help of men. there was also a sports event. Branch employees and two retired NCMB officials were able to join the activity.

Branch personnel Cesar Cacayuran, Vincent Remular, Conrad Obra, Vishalyn Campos,and Marissa Orcino joined the GAD Forum: Strengthening and Institutionalization of GAD Focal Point System; and Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law, RA 11313) conducted by Civil Service Region 1 on March 29, 2022, via Zoom.

For the whole month of March, RCMB1 put up banners for National Women’s Month up in front of the Regional Office as well as the Dagupan Satellite Office.

(by Marissa Orcino, edited by LBPanem)