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Normin hosts leveling session to deepen understanding on GAD

April 21, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--To heighten awareness and reinforce knowledge on gender and development, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC)-10, a special committee under the Regional Development Council (RDC)-10, held a leveling session, April 6-8, through video conferencing.      “This leveling session is part of the continuing effort of the RGADC-10, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), to equip members with a deeper knowledge and understanding of gender and development, which is included in our work plan for the first semester 2021,” said Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derijie, DVM, president of the Central Mindanao University and the newly-installed RGADC-10 Chairperson.      Derije furthered that through the active participation of members in virtual lectures, sharing, and workshops/case study analysis, the attendees are expected to gain worthwhile, meaningful, and useful experiences for cascading to their respective agencies/institutions with the goal of advancing the gender and development agenda.      The series of lectures include GAD and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) as a review of key concepts. It also underscored the history of efforts to alleviate the plight of women and the mainstreaming of GAD. Gender analysis and gender tools, such as the harmonized GAD guidelines on project implementation and management, and monitoring and evaluation Checklist were also incorporated through workshops and case study analysis sessions.      The lecture concluded with the topic GAD planning and budgeting, as well as, the preparation of GAD accomplishment reports of RLAs and LGUs based on the latest issuances of the PCW. Members of the PCW National Pool of GAD Resource Persons, together with PCW senior staff members, served as speakers/resource persons during the leveling session.      The Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) mandates all government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations and LGUs to adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy for implementing the law and attaining its objectives of women empowerment and gender-fair society.       It also mandates planning, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation for gender and development; the creation and/or strengthening of gender and development focal points; and the generation and maintenance of gender statistics and sex-disaggregated databases to aid in planning, programming, policy formulation, and monitoring and evaluation.       Members of the RGADC-10 from regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), academe, and private sector attended the said session. (NEDA10/PIA10)

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Ample power supply assured in Maguindanao during Ramadan

April 19, 2021

COTABATO City - Officials of the Maguindanao Electric Cooperative (Magelco) on Friday assured constituents of the province of a steady power supply for Ramadan.      “No power outages will be experienced as Muslims need it most as they perform Ramadan fasting-related activities,” said Ashary Maongco, Magelco general manager.      Fasting for the annual observance of Ramadan started April 13 and is expected to end on May 11.      Maongco made the assurance after the completion of a major project that improved energy distribution to three adjoining towns of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Upi, and Datu Blah Sinsuat, all in Maguindanao.      On Thursday, the power firm switched on the Capiton-Nuro, Upi 13.2-kilovolt (kV) distribution lines that will stabilize power supplies to the three municipalities.      On the same day, Magelco has started the construction of the 5-megavolt amperes (MVA) power substation dedicated to Upi and Datu Blah towns to prevent recurring power outages.      “This will further improve power supply connections in these areas,” Maongco said, adding power distribution will only be hampered if there are disruptions beyond the cooperative’s control.      He noted that the new distribution lines were an undertaking of Magelco and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.      “Magelco replaced the existing undersized cable wires constructed in the 1970s,” Maongco said.      He said the increasing demand for energy in Datu Blah Sinsuat town prompted Magelco to install three-phase lines to supply power to its business establishments, especially ice plants.      “The conversion needs huge amount from the self-funded rehabilitation of the coop through its good materials management program,” he said.      Magelco is also fast-tracking another milestone project that will be energized this month involving the 50-footer concrete pole 13.2 kV distribution lines from Sultan Kudarat town’s 10MVA power substation in Barangay Simuay to Barangay Sarmiento and Polloc Port, both in Parang town. (PNA)

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