The Climate Change Commission (CCC) renewed its commitments toward gender-mainstreamed climate actions, and inclusive and safe workplace for CCC employees.
CCC Vice Chairperson and Executive Director Robert E.A. Borje recently signed two (2) administrative issuances to further scale-up in-office gender and development (GAD) efforts.
These include the reconstitution of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS), and the creation of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CoDI).
“The reconstitution of GFPS will catalyze and accelerate gender mainstreaming within the Climate Change Commission, with women heavily engaged in the delivery of mandates,” VCED Borje said.
“Accordingly, the creation of CoDI will help assure all CCC employees, regardless of rank and status, that they are safe from any forms of sexual harassment in the workplace,” VCED Borje added.
At present, the CCC has more than 65% female employees, with half of the Management Committee comprised of women.
The reconstituted GFPS will be chaired by Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, the lone female Commissioner of the CCC.
“With the new CCC GAD Focal Point System, we will work further to mainstream gender-responsive policies in our climate programs, activities, and projects, and ensure a strong gender support system within our institution,” said Commissioner Herrera.
The ceremonial signing of the administrative issuances was attended by VCED Borje, Commissioner Herrera, and Commissioner Albert P. Dela Cruz, Sr., together with Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Deputy Executive Director Maria Kristine Josefina G. Balmes.
“Women’s power is not just for nation-building, but also for the family as the basic unit of the society. Women are the teachers and leaders of our children, which have significant impacts on families’ ability to reduce carbon footprint,” Commissioner Dela Cruz said.
The PCW welcomed and supported these developments which will contribute to the holistic GAD mainstreaming performance of the CCC.
“Rest assured that PCW is willing to provide the utmost support to your agencies’ needs to recognize and surface gender issues in order to formulate the necessary interventions in our institutions to further influence our communities,” said PCW Deputy Executive Director Balmes.
The CCC is committed to strengthen the aspect of gender empowerment in climate action as enshrined and demonstrated in the international and national policies, systems, and processes.
“We hope that we are engaging our women to be equal partners in nation-building, the vision that we have set for the country and the battle that we hope to win for a climate-resilient country and healthy communities,” said Commissioner Herrera.
Know more about the gender mainstreaming initiatives of the Climate Change Commission by following its social media handles, @CCCPhl, and by visiting its official website at www.climate.gov.ph.