Iloilo City – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 6 (MGB RO-6), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) discussed the possibilities and potentials for women during a Gender and Development learning event on November 14, 2018.
Ms. Noreen Marian C. Bautista, events and community growth manager of Connected Women Company shared about possibilities for women in the present times considering advances in technology zeroing in on entrepreneurship and marketing with the use of technology. Her company has helped address the problems of employment for Filipinas and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who wanted to earn yet face issues on being away from their families.
Ms. Bautista gave an overview on how Connected Women in coordination with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) helps address unemployment in the country through training that caters to Out-of-School Youth and Adults (OSYA), women, teachers, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as well as their families and relatives, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), senior citizens, indigenous people, and entrepreneurs.
The employees of MGB RO-6 learned from the resource person about the changes on how work is done and current trends in starting up a business given the digital world which they found useful and educational not only for themselves but for members of their families who are still in school and discovering career options.
Regional Director Roger A. de Dios in his message commended the resource person for sharing her career experiences which can be empowering not just for women but also for men. He said that although Gender and Development programs focus on women, the importance of partnership and collaboration between men and women in family life and professional responsibilities should be strengthened.
Around sixty personnel attended the learning event at the Iloilo Grand Hotel.