SDO Navotas Holds Gender and Development Seminar-Workshop for Employees

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SDO Navotas Holds Gender and Development Seminar-Workshop for Employees

With the theme “SDO Navotas Employees… On the Verge of Bouncing Back and on Moving Forward to the New Normal,” a learning engagement on Gender and Development in the Workplace was conducted by SDO Navotas for all of its 107 employees on June 9–11, 2022 at Bakasyunan Resort, Iba Zambales.

In his special message, Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Alejandro G. Ibanez, underscored the value of continuous learning and development for all SDO Navotas personnel as it contributes to the attainment of organizational goals of providing equal opportunity for all gender and promoting health, safety and empowerment of every staff regardless of gender orientations. ASDS Isabelle Sibayan also highlighted the importance of strengthening the spirit of collegiality and bonds of friendship as the activity also provided an opportunity for team development and camaraderie.

Sessions 1 and 2 of the seminar workshop delved into Gender Issues in Safety and Health. These were tackled by the SDO Medical Team composed of Dr. Henry De Leon, Dr. Katrina Apo, Mr. Harry Abalos, Ms. Anna Grace Onayan, Ms. Noralisa Castro, and Mrs. Mary Jane Mendiola. Atty. Elvie G. Bialno handled Session 3 as she gave a lecture on Laws and Mandates on Women’s Empowerment. Dr. Ibañez also conducted a workshop that allowed SDO personnel to reflect and share with their groupmates the impact of the pandemic on their lives and how they were able to cope and bounce back. Mrs. Sibayan facilitated the activity’s processing and emphasized SDO personnel’s resilience.

Session 4, “Ensuring Equal Opportunity Principle at the Workplace – Gender and PRIME HRM Level 3 Journey of SDO Navotas,” was facilitated by Mr. June Fermin L Javier and Ms. Elenor R. Cansino. Afterward, another fun workshop was spearheaded by Dr. Ibañez, which allowed SDO personnel to affirm the strengths and qualities of their co-workers.

A simple tribute was also conducted to honor the retired Public Schools District Supervisor, Dr. Jesus I. Icaonapo. Sir Jess, as SDO personnel fondly call him, was showered with praises, commendations and adulations for his 36 years of service in the Department of Education. He was awarded a plaque of commendation given by SDS Ibanez, ASDS Sibayan, Chief CID Loida Balasa, and Chief SGOD Gemma Villaluna. Dr. Grace R. Nieves was also given a plaque of commendation for her service as Education Program Supervisor of Learning Resource Management and Development System as she takes on a full-time job as EPS in Technology and Livelihood Education. Another honor was also bestowed to Mrs. Eloisa Sanchez for her service as the focal person of the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao program.

To foster team spirit, a fellowship night was also conducted by Mr. Ernifer Cosmiano, EPS in MAPEH. Group games and beach activities were held, making the three-day training an experience to remember.