Tuguegarao City- DOST 02 spearheaded the newly re-organized Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Cagayan Valley on February 1, 2019.

DOST II Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang in his welcome message expressed his all out support to Gender Mainstreaming in the region. Dir. Mabborang said that GAD should not be treated as a separate project but one that should be found in all programs and projects of government agencies.

He also shared DOST’s passion to be of service to both men and women in region 02, not only through science and technology but through the concerted efforts of all members of the RGADC.

On the other hand, Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) conducted a briefing on GAD and explained the responsibilities of RGADC in gender mainstreaming.

In addition, ARD Maria Rowena Madarang of DOST CAR shared the best practices of RGADC-CAR to motivate the newly reorganized RGADC-02.

Meanwhile, Dr. Teresita A. Tabaog, ARD of DOST 02 for Technical Services presided the first regular business meeting. She emphasized the need for cap dev trainings to fully empower the members of the RGADC-02 in gender mainstreaming.