FMB’s Celebration of the National Rural Women’s Day

      The FMB-GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) in partnership with the Forest Resources Management Division hosted a three-day learning event in line with the celebration of the National Rural Women’s day last October 16-18, 2017 at the Widus Hotel, Clark, Pampanga.

      With the theme: “Building Bridges: Advancing the Cause of Rural Women”, the event aimed to recognize the crucial role that women from the upland areas play in ensuring the sustainable management of forest resources and in advancing the overall well-being of their communities.

      It was participated by selected women representatives from various Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) People’s Organizations who shared their initiatives and experiences in decision-making on the formulation of their Community Resource Management Framework (CRMF). Additionally, it served as a venue for sharing the best practices of the participants in managing the DENR development programs within their CBFM areas such as the National Greening Porgram (NGP) and CBFM-CARP.

     The event also involved lectures such as that of Ms. Anita E. Baleda of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) about the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) which highlighted the convention’s agenda, comments, and recommendations.

     Ms. Rebecca Miranda, President of the National Rural Women Coalition, likewise gave a talk on the initiatives of the coalition in pursing the cause of rural women.

    Ms. Isabelita V. Austria, Chief of the Community Forestry Section, discussed the gender mainstreaming and development in Community Forestry and its data management.

    The GFPS is chaired by Assistant Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad. Twenty-six (26) women and eight (8) men participated during the event.
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