Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mga Likhang Handog Para sa Kababaihan


(Dir. II Hedy Lardizabal, CSC Region I [2nd from left] with Commissioner
May Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza and Chairman Franciso T. Duque III)

Every year the Civil Service Commission celebrates "Piknik sa Kalikasan", a program held annually at CSC grounds to recognize officials and employees who made extra ordinary contribution to mainstream gender equality in the Civil Service, the "Gawad Kawayan Award". For this year, Director II Hedy Lardizabal of CSC Region I was awarded the "Gawad Kawayan Para sa Katangi-Katanging Tagapagtaguyod ng GAD" for incorporating GAD advocacy topics whenever CSCRO I conducts Supervisory Development Course and Values Orientation Workshop in the Region.
(CSC-ARMM Officer-In-Charge Resurrection Pueyo with Commissioner
May Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza and Chairman Franciso T. Duque III)

CSC Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (CSC-ARMM), on the other hand, was awarded the "Gawad Kawayan Para sa Katangi-Tanging Ambag sa Pagpapalawig ng GAD", for promoting woman empowerment by recognizing women executives in ARMM through Regional Outstanding Lady Executive (ROLEX) Awards Program.

Compendium of Sexual
Harrassment Cases

The Office for Legal Affairs of the Civil Service Commission, a two time winner of the Gawad Kawayan Award in the past years, recently published Volume II of its "Compendium of Sexual Harassment Cases". One among the contributors in the drafting and publishing of the book was Atty. Elbert L. Bunagan, who teaches law subjects at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) and an experienced book review consultant, who formerly worked with Rex Bookstore and other publishing houses. "The book is a product of the collaborative efforts of Commissioner Cesar D. Buenaflor, who was then the Acting Chariman of the Commission, Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza, Director IV Ariel G. Ronquillo, Director III Alexis P. Tabino, Director III Noreen Boots Gocon-Gragasin, Director III Ma. Theresa C. Fernandez, Atty. Elbert L. Bunagan, Mr. Edger P. Asuncion, Mr. Ronnie S. Villa, Ms. Melanie B. Guanzon, Mr. Abdullah M. Datu-Dacula, Mr. Vladimir E. Villacorta and Ms. Jovy Ancheta. The book is very informative. To some, its entertaining. To others, its interesting! iThe book is already available at the Public Information and Assistance Office of the Civil Service Commission Main Office at Batasan Hill.



Saturday, March 27, 2010

Special Edition: An interview with Bella Dimayuga


Kapihan @ Kwentuhan sa
Tagumpay ng Mga Kababaihan


It was more than two years ago, sometime in 2007, when Jerry Hawe and Troop Edmunds rescued Troop's niece, Lani Ejercito, a Filipina in Palimbang, Malaysia. The rescue which was documented by Dateline NBC News caught the attention of the blogging community that many Flipino bloggers advocated to pressure the government to take more drastic action against human traffickers and strict implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Law to protect Filipino Women. It was in 2008 when law enforcement agencies conducted a crackdown and series of arrests against human traffickers in the country. Some women in Malaysia were also rescued. Those in the private sector, from abroad, conducted outreach seminars and programs to educate Filipinos on how to apply for work, migrate or enter the United States, legally. After which, others shared their knowledge and experience on Criminal Exploitation of Women and Children in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Sister Bella Dimayuga, who has been training, developing and managing thousands of Filipino entertainers and talents to be sent abroad for more than four decades , having been in the entertainment industry herself for more than six decades, in cooperation with the Gender Advocacy Networking Group of the Civil Service Commission, shares with us her insights and experience on how she trains Filipino talents and migrant workers bound abroad to prepare them and keep them strong, not to be lured from temptations while abroad, especially those in the entertainment industry. It is a rare opportunity to hear this woman speaks of her advocacy. Filipinos can!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kapihan at Kwentuhan sa Tagumpay ng mga Kababaihan . . .

[Sister Bella Dimayuga, President of the Bellestar Promotions receives a token from CSC Commissioner Cesar D. Buenaflor and Mary Ann Z. Fernandez Mendoza as Ombudsman Merceditas Navarro-Guitierrez looks on]

In commemoration of the Women's month celebration, the Civil Service Commission's Gender Advocacy Networking Group, headed by Dir. III Noreen Boots Gocon-Gragacin and Zeny Dinsay, both from the CSC's Office for Personnel Management and Development (OPMD) with the members of the group organized a simple, but meaningful, touching and elegantly prepared program: "Kapihan at Kwentuhan sa Tagumpay ng mga Kababaihan" to honor Filipino Women who made a difference in the lives of their countrymen. It might have been the first time that the CSC invited an icon in the entertainment industry, whose experience in the in her field of endeavor spans for over six decades. She started dancing at the age of four and made her first public performance at the age of six, until she ventured into talent management, development and promotions, then sent thousands of Filipino entertainers to Japan, Las Vegas and other countries all over the world.

A woman of passion, strength and perseverance, who believes in the capacity of Filipinos in their respective field of calling wherever they are all over the world, to serve God, their family, fellowmen and country. The woman we are referring to, is no other than Miss Bella Dimayuga, whom we call "Sister Bella", the President of the world renowned Bellestar Promotions. For those of you who have not witnessed this once in a lifetime public revelation of her secret to success . . . (TO BE CONTINUED)

Know more about the Philippine government's effort against : HUMAN TRAFFICKING

ANNOUNCEMENT: Silliman University's College of Law Graduates
Batch 88' Class Reunion.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Special Edition: In Celebration of the Women's Month . . .

[Above picture from left: Dir. Noreen Gocon-Gragasin (CSC); CSC Commissioner Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza; Ombudsman Merceditas N. Guitierrez; Bellestar President Bella Dimayuga; CSC Commissioner Cesar Buenaflor; and, Dir. Luisa Salonga-Agamata (CSC)]

An action plan in coordination with the private and other government sector is needed to institutionalize the programs and policies already set in place to mitigate if not to eliminate Human Trafficking . . .

Human trafficking of Pilipino women was an issue that hounds the Philippine blogging community more than two (2) years ago. The advocacy advanced by the community may have caught worldwide attention and may have brought about policies and action to lessen incident of human trafficking, if not totally eradicating its occurrence. Considering that the crime is transnational, one of the problem in the enforcement of laws against human trafficking is the proper coordination and networking to relay information to rightful and trustworthy networks of law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction to act on the matter, here and abroad, with the help of those in the private sector engaged in providing Pilipino talents abroad. Internally, however, measures to institutionalize policies and mechanics adopted to pre-empt incidents of such nature to happen was a topic discussed during the Kapihan. We have to protect our women . . . we have to protect our dignity as Pilipinos . . . (TO BE CONTINUED)