Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik and the CFO-GFPS Team receive the GADtimpala Bronze Award during the celebration
of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Magna Carta of Women at the Philippine International Convention Center. They are joined by
PCW Chairperson Rhodora M. Bucoy (3rd from left), Ms. Emmeline Verzosa (2nd from left), former PCW Executive Director, Ms. Cristita Triunfante,
Commissioner for Education/Academe and Ms. Claire Ruzzel Esturas of PCW (2nd from right)
CFO continues its winning streak with another recognition, this time with the 2018 GADtimpala Bronze Award conferred by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for being one of the country’s Outstanding Gender-Responsive Government Agencies.
The GADtimpala, which stands for Gender and Development Transformation & Institutionalization through Mainstreaming of Programs, Agenda, Linkages & Advocacies, is the official awards system of the PCW honoring government agencies and local government units for outstanding performance in gender mainstreaming and implementation of gender responsive programs. Nominees underwent rigorous validation by the PCW panel using the Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) to assess the agency’s gender-responsiveness and commitment to promote gender equality for its personnel and clients.
The CFO was among the 6 government agencies recognized for their gender mainstreaming efforts during the 10th anniversary celebration of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) held on August 14, 2019 at the PICC, Pasay City. Other awardees included DOLE, NEDA, NHA, COA, and CHED.
The GADtimpala trophy, designed by artist Julie Lluch, and glass plaque awarded to CFO for significant contributions to gender equality
and women empowerment, particularly in protecting Filipino migrants in vulnerable situations overseas
The GADtimpala Bronze Award conferred on CFO is “in recognition of its significant contributions to gender equality and women’s empowerment, especially in implementing gender-responsive programs for Filipino emigrants, and in providing interventions and services for Filipinos overseas, especially those who are victims of human trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV).” This accolade adds to CFO’s recent string of victories, which attests to the agency’s determination to protect Filipino migrants in vulnerable situations, especially women, who are subjected to gender-based violence and biases across all stages of the migration cycle.
CFO Secretary and Chairperson Justice Francisco P. Acosta (Ret.) expressed elation with the announcement of the 2018 GADtimpala results. He highlighted that as a government institution, CFO should help eliminate all forms of gender inequality and discrimination experienced by Filipino migrants through gender-responsive policies and programs, capacity-building initiatives and mechanisms, and awareness campaigns on migrant’s rights, and the links between gender and migration.
On-behalf of CFO Chairperson Francisco P. Acosta, Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik
delivers the Secretary’s acceptance message
Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik, CFO Executive Director, received the award on behalf of Chairperson Acosta. She delivered the Secretary’s acceptance message, which highlighted the reality about the struggles and challenges that Filipino migrants face, especially women marriage migrants, when they arrive at the destination country, due to failed expectations or difficulties in preparing for a new life away from their families. Through CFO’s programs, Filipino emigrants are taught about their rights and obligations, and the importance of asserting themselves and their independence to avoid becoming victims of gender-based violence and discrimination. The message also emphasized the fact that gender affects all aspects of migration and the provision of adequate information and guidance to Filipino migrants will empower them toward self-determination and independence.
CFO’s gender-responsive programs include the Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) for marriage migrants, Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS) for Au Pair Program Participants to Europe, Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Filipino Emigrants and Exchange Visitor Program participants, and the 1343 Actionline Against Human Trafficking, among others.
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