October 12, 2021– DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra highlighted that R&D outputs should be ‘genderized’, where both men and women can benefit from them. “A gender lens will allow us to see the ways and processes from which gender issues and concerns stem. Not only the R&D community, but the entire Philippines Science Technology and Innovation landscape can be identified and addressed through our collaborative efforts.”

The Department of Science and Technology Region 02 (DOST 02) held a webinar on Integrating Gender Lens in Research and Development (R&D) Projects, as a pre-event acitivity, in celebration of its 2021 Regional Science and Technology Week.

With this year’s theme, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”, DOST 02 introduces gender awareness and sensitivity to address Gender and Development (GAD) issues in the society. Moreover, it aims to aid researchers in understanding the need to pursue gender sensitive and responsive R&D Projects.

“The main concern today is how the R&D community can adapt to the changes in the society as it becomes more gender-responsive. We need to understand that these concepts are more intertwined than what we assumed to be. In fact, they should be lodge together and must be considered an important variable when conducting societal researches to avoid bias and promote inclusivity.” DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, stated in his opening remarks.

Dr. Jhamie Tetz-Infante Mateo,  Director – Gender Resource Research and Development Center, of Isabela State University, and National GAD Resource Pool Member of the Philippine Commission on Women lectured on: Legal Basis and Mandates; Gender Mainstreaming and the Data; Gender Disaggregated Data and Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG); and Project Development Cycle and HGDG to integrate gender lens in R&D Projects. This also includes the importance of Program and Project Implementation, Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMME) to measure the achievement of GAD or gender equality results.

She commended DOST Region 02’s initiative by starting to genderized the DOST R&D Community. Also, for continuously creating opportunities, allowing both women and men researchers, experts and students, to meet and exchange inclusive innovation ideas towards Philippine development.

“Ito pong strategy at approach na ito ay isang napapanahong tugon sa hamon ng panahon.” DOST 02 Assistant Regional Director-TOS and head of the GAD Unit of DOST 02, that organized the conduct of the activity,  Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, highlighted the organization’s role in the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), to facilitate gender mainstreaming in research and development to prepare researchers for gender-based proposals.

Ms. Virginia G. Bilgera, Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director also expressed her gratitude for another milestone to the R&D Community.

“I hope, ito yung dapat magaya ng ibang region for them to be more gender-responsive. Ipapakita ng DOST Region 02 that this will really work so that the other regions will follow as well”. Dr. Diana L. Ignacio, DOST Assistant Secretary for HRMMSSC, DOST-Wide GAD Focal Person stated, envisioning R&D Projects to be included in the DOST’s GAD Attributed Program.

The activity was participated by 340 researchers from the different Academe, Research Institutes, National Government Agencies and Regional Line Agencies Nationwide.

Engr. Mark Gil Hizon and his team from the R&D Innovation Management Unit of DOST R02 facilitated the participation of researchers from Region 02. (S&T Pen 02-Jericho Fronda)