SOGIE at the Heart of Pag-IBIG Fund’s Gender and Development Agenda

SPARK Program Manager, Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr., was invited as the guest speaker during the State of the Fund Address (SOFA) of Pag-IBIG Fund. Being a staunch advocate of LGBT Rights and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) Education in the Philippines, Ham shared a narrative of his journey while touching on the subjects of SOGIE and the Anti-Discrimination Bill which was recently passed in the House of Representatives.

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In his speech, Ham highlighted the discrimination that members of the gay community experience in a day-to-day basis: discrimination in employment, lack of access to government services, and bullying. He also added the fact that the exclusion of LGBTs in economic and socio-cultural activities has impacts to the development of the country.

“That we can also be directors, managers, movers of the economy. That we are able to engage in sports, politics and business. That we are humans too and we deserve your respect and love.”

He emphasized that the fight of women and LGBTs are not so different. According to him, history says that both sectors fought side by side to achieve equality in all spheres. He ended his speech in encouraging the officials of Pag-IBIG Fund to include the promotion of equality in the workplace and zero tolerance to gender-based violence as part of their priority agenda.

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The Home Development Mutual Fund (abbreviated as HDMF), more popularly known as the Pag-IBIG Fund, is a government-owned and controlled corporation responsible for the administration of the national savings program and affordable shelter financing for Filipinos employed by local and foreign-based employers as well as voluntary and self-employed members.

The SOFA is a quarterly gathering of HDMF top officials to discuss about the milestones and updates of the fund. It has been a tradition that a certain topic is highlighted every SOFA. SOGIE has been the chosen topic for this quarter’s SOFA as suggested by its Gender Focal Point System led by its Gender and Development (GAD) Chair Mr. Florentino E. España, Jr.

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[FROM L-R] AVELINA MIRANDA, HOUSING OPERATIONS SUPPORT UNIT HEAD; JERRILYN PILAR, MEMBER RELATIONS DEPARTMENT MANAGER AND GAD VICE CHAIRPERSON; HAMILCAR CHANJUECO JR., SPARK PROGRAM MANAGER; ATTY. RYAN ESPINOSA, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Gearing towards a gender-responsive government institution, Pag-IBIG Fund’s efforts on gender mainstreaming has expounded to the inclusion of LGBTs in their programs and services.

SPARK a Partner of the Office of the Vice President for Women’s Empowerment

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The Office of the Vice President organized a knowledge exchange workshop for 50 grassroots women entrepreneurs. SPARK! attended the Solidarity Night which served as an avenue for the women entrepreneurs to build partnerships with individuals and businesses on product development, financial services and market linkages.

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SPARK! is proud to be a partner of the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay program and other partnerships that concretely uplift the lives of Filipino women.

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SPARK launches REMAI through Likhang Pilipina; in-line with the celebration of Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) Month

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In line with the celebration of Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) Month, Rizal Exporters and Manufactures Association, Inc. (or REMAI) launched “Galing Rizal, Henyong Rizaleño Trade Show” a collective project of social enterprises from Rizal.

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This project is in collaboration with Department of Trade and Industry Rizal, AliMall, Araneta Center, J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Likhang Pilipina; a women marketplace, by and with the SPARK! Philippines.

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Make sure to visit them from July 1-31, at the Likhang Pilipina Booth, located at the Bay3, Level 2 of AliMall, The Araneta Center.

SPARK Project Officer, Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr., certified by Philippine Commission on Women as member of the National Gender and Development Resource Pool (GR Pool)

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Ninety-six of the growing number of Gender and Development (GAD) Resource Pool members was certified by the Philippine Commission on Women last June 28-30, 2017 at the Hive Hotel and Convention Center in Quezon City.

One of those recognized GR Pool members is Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr., SPARK Project Officer.

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With the theme “The GAD Resource Pool as CHANGE Agents: Moving from Tokenism and Compliance to Gender-Responsiveness,” the Assembly consisted sessions that helped develop the commitment of the members to their advocacy and enhance the knowledge of the members as a community of advocates and output-driven role models of Gender Equality.

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The GR Pool is one of the components of the National GAD Resource Program (NGRP), which is the over-all technical assistance blueprint of the PCW and is dedicated towards the provision of strategic, appropriate and effective technical assistance to NGAs and LGUs. As certified GR Pool member, Ham will be tapped by PCW in providing GAD technical assistance and will serve as sectoral experts in the crafting and updating of tools and customized training packages for different clients.

SPARK joins the Equality Makes Sense forum hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and co-hosted by Ateneo de Manila University

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SPARK joins the Equality Makes Sense forum hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and co-hosted by Ateneo de Manila University which was held last June 30, 2017.

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Equality Makes Sense is a forum on Empowering Women which brought together women influencers from various fields to talk about topics related to the ‘Three Rs’—Rights, Representation and Resources for women—and to present an integrated gender equality perspective that relays a simple message: Equality makes sense.

#SwedeninManila #FeministForeignPolicy #EqualityMakesSense

 

 

Quezon City Towards a Gender-Responsive Governance

SPARK in partnership with Seaoil Foundation Inc. (SFI) and the Quezon City Office of the Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte conducted the LIPAD Pinay (Local Inclusiveness Project for the Advancement and Development of Filipino Women) Module 1: Bridging Leadership x Gender and Development last June 21-22, 2017 at the Quezon City Hall.

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OPENING REMARKS BY VICTORIA GARCHITORENA (FOUNDER OF SPARK PHILIPPINES), VICE MAYOR JOY BELMONTE (QUEZON CITY) AND RANDY CANCHO (SFI PROJECT MANAGER)

Module 1 commenced with a short program that aims to reinforce and enhance the commitment of the beneficiaries towards achieving the project goals. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed her delight over the support of the project partners and encouraged her constituents to make use of this opportunity for progress and development. Ms Victoria Garchitorena, SPARK Founding Trustee and Gender and Development Champion, highlighted the economic empowerment objective of the program. She mentioned that LikhangPilipina! SPARK Women’s Marketplace is open for the women’s group in their barangays, a platform where they can develop and market their products. Mr Randy Cacho, Program Manager of Seaoil Foundation Inc. (SFI), reaffirmed the foundation’s commitment in ensuring the success of the program and will provide assistance to the best they can.

32 barangay officials from 8 barangays in Quezon City working together towards a gender-responsive leadership and governance and women’s economic empowerment in the grassroots level. The 32 participants are members of Barangay Gender Focal Point System (GFPS) that serve as governing body when it comes to Gender and Development (GAD).

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DR. SHERWIN PONTANILLA, SFI PROGRAM MANAGER CONDUCTING THE ESTABLISHING INEQUALITIES ACTIVTIY

Module 1 is facilitated by Dr. Sherwin Pontanilla, SFI Program Manager. He began the training with the session on Establishing Inequities, it identified problems specifically on gender disparities that are existent in their communities and the acknowledgment that these problems hinders growth and therefor in dire need of solution.

The 2nd session delved into self-awareness and introducing the concept of ownership; developing a sense of personal Ownership of a societal problem and the response to it. The concept of Theory U was introduced; a change management method that will be vital in their roles as public servants to break through past unproductive practices and behaviors that cause development to stagnate.

DELEGATES FROM BARANGAYS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED TO THE DAY 1 TRAINING

In the 3rd session, participants were asked to write their leadership journey through their life story which seeks to discover their personal motivation through understanding their own stories. They were able to share it with their groupmates and incite a fruitful discussion about themselves and journey. Their life story articulates their life purpose and what makes them authentic leaders.

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VICTORIA GARCHITORENA, VICE MAYOR JOY BELMONTE AND RANDY CANCHO WITH THE BARANGAY DELEGATES

The last session of Day 1 gives emphasis on Systems Thinking. Based on real-to-life case shown by Dr. Pontanilla, the participants are made to realize that the issue is not a result of a simple cause and effect relationship but there are contributory factors that leads to the inequity.

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ANWEDDA NAVARRA, SPARK PROJECT OFFICER FACILITATED THE WORKSHOP ON DEMYSTIFYING AND DECONSTRUCTING SEX AND GENDER

Day 2 of Module 1 commenced with a workshop on demystifying and deconstructing Sex and Gender facilitated by Anwedda Navarra, SPARK Project Officer. An introductory session using the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) as the guiding document.

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HAMILCAR CHANJUENCO JR., SPARK PROGRAM MANAGER OF LIPAD PINAY FACILITATED THE 5TH SESSION WORKSHOP OF LIPAD PINAY MODULE 1

The workshop led to 5th session on Understanding Gender and Development (GAD) through the Roadmap and Scorecard, facilitated by the Program Manager of LIPAD Pinay: Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr. The roadmap will be the guide to achieve gender-responsiveness of the barangays based on 3 main blocks: Leadership and Governance, GAD Education, and GAD Project, Activities, and Programs (PAPs). A scorecard was developed to assess the development of their GAD, it was loosely patterned after the Philippine Commission on Women’s Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) and the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) health scorecard.

Coming off from the session on Theory U, Kimberly Tiburcio, SFI Project Coordinator of LIPAD Pinay, facilitated the succeeding session on current reality and preferred reality. The roadmap is colored red, yellow and green to depict the current reality of the barangay when it comes to Gender and Development. The barangay leaders were able to identify where the greater need is.

To concretize the theories and principles of Bridging Leadership, the last session is directed towards Action Planning facilitate by Dr. Pontanilla. The concepts of Equality vs Equity, Bridging Leadership’s Ownership Theory U, Systems Thinking, and GAD were all synthesize and integrated to their Leadership Development Plan.

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LIPAD PINAY MODULE 1 DELEGATES ALONG WITH THE ORGANIZERS DID THE SIGNATURE LIPAD PINAY POSE

The participants were given “assignments” to be accomplished in the next 4 weeks of practicum which will lead to the 2nd module of LIPAD Pinay which is set on 26-27 July 2017.

SPARK supports the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

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SPARK joins the Embassy of Netherlands in the Philippines and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

IDAHOT is the worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. The celebration raise awareness of LGBTI rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTI rights work.

#IDAHOT #outinbusiness #diversity #LGBTI