Iloilo Backs ISUFST DLSU Effort to Localize Women and Children Policies

Iloilo Backs ISUFST-DLSU Effort To Localize Women And Children Policies

Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. sent the Iloilo Gender and Development Technical Working Group (GAD-TWG) to help facilitate a workshop conducted by the Iloilo State University of Fisheries Science and Technology (ISUFST) and De La Salle University (DLSU) aimed at the localization of women’s and children’s policies in the Province of Iloilo.

Iloilo Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias, who co-chairs the Provincial GAD Committee (PGADC), reiterated the governor’s support for the program as it aligns with the provincial agenda.

“Gov Toto Defensor is fully supportive of this initiative especially since this is aimed to enhance and improve our human resource capital and fully aligns (with) our MoRProGRes development vision,” said Dr. Banias.

Local government unit (LGU) representatives from all districts of the province and GAD focal persons from higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Iloilo underwent a workshop that identified policies and programs localizing national laws that support Sustainable Development Goals.

DLSU Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Lab Director, Dr. Francisco Magno, stated that the workshop’s outcome will help monitor the local implementation of national policies on women and children and enhance the role of HEIs in contributing to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and SDG goals.

Dr. Nordy Siason, ISUFST President, believed the collaborations in this project could create an Iloilo that meets the needs of today by ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

“For women, children, and the rest of the community, by focusing on them, we commit to inclusivity, equity, and sustainability,” added Dr. Siason.

League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Iloilo Chapter President and San Enrique Mayor Rosario Mediatrix P. Fernandez congratulated ISUFST for spearheading the program.

“Congratulations ISUFST for creating programs and projects which aim to foster women’s and children’s rights and welfare in the province of Iloilo,” said Mayor Fernandez.

Also present in the activity was Professor Eddie Nuque who led the workshop on localized research and data collection strategies.