March 10, 2017

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) joins the nation in the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC) throughout the month of March.

In Memorandum Circular No. 3, s. 2017, the CSC urged government agencies to take part in the activities lined up this month to celebrate women as partners for change. This year’s theme, “WE Make Change Work for Women”, emphasizes that women should be active drivers in bringing about positive changes, and that they should reap from development efforts.

The Philippine Commission on Women leads the NWMC. Activities include a social media advocacy enjoining women to share how they can contribute to change using the hashtags #BilangBabae and #PartnerForChange; a series of fora on “Women Inspiring Women” to be held in Pasay City on March 8 and Davao City on March 15; the 2017 Cine Juana Film Festival; among others.

Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala urged government agencies to take an active part not only in women empowerment but in total mainstreaming of gender and development (GAD) in the bureaucracy. “I encourage you to wear your gender lens when crafting or revising any program or work plan. We must aim to make our government gender-responsive so we could set an example for other countries and organizations in terms of protecting the dignity of and providing equal opportunities for all members of society,” she added.

Women’s welfare

As the central HR agency of the Philippine government, the CSC remains active in advancing the welfare of female government workers.

“Women make up approximately half of the entire public sector workforce. They should be able to work in an environment that is safe and that recognizes their specific needs so they will be motivated to effectively serve the public,” Bala said.

The CSC reminded government agencies that sex or gender should not be used to bar someone from being employed in government or from enjoying employees’ benefits and career opportunities.

It also urged agencies to grant female workers their full benefits under the law, as applicable, such as maternity leave, two-month special leave for those who underwent surgery due to gynecological disorders, solo parent’s leave, and ten-day leave for victims of violence against women and their children (VAWC).