From the Senior Commissioner’s Desk
Greetings from the Civil Service Commission! Higit sa lahat, mainit na pagbati sa mga kababaihan sa serbisyo publiko sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng mga Kababaihan.
It is my delight as the Senior Commissioner of the Civil Service Commission to invite you to read the First (1st) Quarter Issue of the Civil Service Reporter magazine for the year 2022. This issue is a testament of the Commission’s steadfast commitment to create a gender responsive government through the promotion of women empowerment and gender equality advocacies.
In celebration of Women’s Month in March, this magazine issue hails the accomplishments and the active role of women in nation-building. We highlight some of the women awardees of the 2020 and 2021 Search for Outstanding Government Workers including Dr. Rose Marie Rosete Liquete of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, the first Filipino woman transplant surgeon; Dr. Flordeliza Bordey of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, a leading rice research and development practitioner, economist, and policy advocate; and Ms. Faith Napigkit of the Bayawan Aquaculture Team, a staunch believer of aquaculture’s impact on food security and poverty alleviation. Read their inspiring actions on our cover story (pp. 24-31).
Sa ating mga kababaihan sa hanay ng serbisyo publiko, saludo po kaming lahat sa inyong husay na ipagsabay ang pag-aalaga sa pamilya at serbisyo, katatagan ng inyong lakas, at buongpusong pag-kalinga sa ating kapwa Pilipino.
Moreover, we look into the landscape of human resource and organization development. The application of gender equality, disability, and social inclusion (GEDSI) lens in the workplace is fundamental in creating sustainable development outcomes in the workplace. Thus, we believe that there is a need to examine organizational systems and practices and assess how they can be improved to shape a more inclusive society (HR Spotlight, pp. 36-41).
Several studies show that the women of our society bear the greater brunt of the pandemic in terms of livelihood, health, and security. With this, one of the Commission’s priorities is to ensure that future policies for human resources will benefit and support women in the government (Executive Letter, pp. 32-35).
Through the years, the government has instituted gender equality and equity reforms that aim to advance and protect the rights and welfare of women. We have come a long way, but there is still much to be done to move past the binary mindset and seriously consider in our inclusion efforts other marginalized sectors such as the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disability, indigenous peoples, among others.
It is my hope that the government’s progress to champion women empowerment in the workforce would fuel the passion and actions of various sectors on wider diversity and inclusion. Our tireless efforts to advocate for a deeper understanding and tolerance of the uniqueness of every person will allow us to forge a better future free from gender bias and discrimination.
May this Civil Service Reporter issue give you fresh insights and inspire you to continue the good work in breaking barriers.
Maraming salamat, at mabuhay ang serbisyo sibil!
Atty. AILEEN LOURDES A. LIZADA
Civil Service Commission
1 Pursuant to Section 15, Book V, Executive Order No. 292 (Administrative Code of 1987)