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LANDBANK's Gender and Development (GAD) Corner major compliance with Republic Act No. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women.

I. LANDBANK President and CEO's Message on Gender and Development

LANDBANK PCEO Cecilia C. Borromeo

[Excerpt from PCEO Cecilia C. Borromeo's Message during LANDBANK's celebration of 2022 National Women's Month on March 7, 2022]

"Promoting GAD initiatives has many other facets. While we have taken some strides, we have to sustain and intensify efforts to mainstream gender equality and women empowerment. And this includes exploring avenues for integrating gender-sensitive policies in our processes and programs. 

We will do all these and more, and be the leading GFI that we are even in the area of women empowerment. 

While it may still be a far-off  dream, I look forward to the time that we no longer celebrate Women's Month as a nation. 

Why do I say that?

Because when that happens, the long-standing issue of gender bias and the pursuit for gender equality would have been a thing of the past.

What is left to celebrate is the triumph of human spirit--men and women who see each other as partners, as helpmates, together standing side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder. 

To me, that is a higher cause for celebration because it extols the gains of unity, harmony, of being in one accord."


II. Gender and Development in LANDBANK

LANDBANK GAD logo - The persons with arms extending towards each other in a circular pattern at the outermost layer and the rendition with different colors in the next layer are both symbols of LANDBANK’s Gender Diversity and Inclusion Program as embodied in both its vision and mission statements (i.e., “inclusive growth,” “diversity,” and “healthy work environment with equal opportunity for professional growth and advancement”). The outermost layer, rendered in the Bank’s corporate identity colors of green, gold and gray, represent the female, male and other genders. The wave-like pattern for which the arms extend toward each other symbolizes gender fluidity which can change overtime and across culture. 

The placement of the Bank’s logo at the center connotes that LANDBANK amplify and recognizes the needs of a specific gender in relation to the implementation of our GAD PAPs which is the very essence of our gender mainstreaming initiatives.

  1. Major Steps in Gender Mainstreaming

In support of the government’s thrust to mainstream gender and development (GAD) in the policies, programs and activities of government agencies, LANDBANK strengthened its GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) in 2019 through its reconstitution, including the creation of Regional GAD Focal Point Systems, and capability building of key personnel in 2020.

Among the gender mainstreaming initiatives conducted in 2020 was the identification of pilot groups and their training on Gender Analysis with the use of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) tool. The groups evaluated lending programs of LANDBANK that significantly contributed to the advancement of GAD in the various segments of society. Full scale capability building initiatives have been scheduled in 2021.

LANDBANK’s GAD Agenda and Strategic Plan have been drafted for approval of the Management in 2021 to ensure the institution’s compliance with the requirements of Republic Act No. 9710, the Magna Carta of Women.

  1. Protection of Employees against Gender-Based Sexual Harassment

LANDBANK supports the implementation of Republic Act No. 11313, The Safe Spaces Act, through zero-tolerance of gender-based sexual harassment in the workplace and other public areas. Information campaign was undertaken, using different communication channels (i.e., LBP Notes, i-Notes, Workplace by Facebook, and bulletin boards), to educate employees on the relevant provisions of the Act, effectively prevent incidences of sexual harassment, and maintain a safe and secure workplace.

LANDBANK has an existing and functioning Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) that investigates sexual harassment cases in the workplace in compliance with pertinent laws, rules and regulations.

  1. GAD Advocacy Activities

In support of the National Women’s Month Celebration in March, LANDBANK has been adopting activities recommended by the Philippine Commission on Women such as “Purple Fridays” and “Juana Says” in support of the cause for promoting understanding of the importance of GAD. LANDBANK also actively participated in the GAD activities of its mother agency, the Department of Finance, together with the bureaus and agencies attached to the said department.

The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women (VAW) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12, 2020 was actively supported by LANDBANK through the “Orange Your Icon” Campaign as well as the dissemination of information, education and promotion materials that uphold women’s rights and raise awareness about VAW through various communication channels.

  1. LANDBANK Day Care Center

Since 2005, a worksite day care center for employees’ children with ages three to 12 years old has been operating to assist employees in maintaining a work-life balance and help resolve GAD issues related to childcare and parenting. The LANDBANK Day Care Center implements a 10-month Early Childhood Care and Development Program accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development with an outstanding rating of 5-star or Level 3 compliance. In 2019-2020, there were 23 children who attended the regular program which benefited 25 employee-parents. From January to March 2020, a total of 25 walk-in attendees availed of the LBDCC service benefiting 25 employee parents.

The program implementation was put on hold because of the COVID-19 community quarantine which was imposed by the government in the middle of March 2020. LANDBANK held a Virtual Moving Up Ceremony for completers to end the program for that school year. A Distance Learning Program is being developed by the LANDBANK Day Care Center to continually implement the program even on a modular approach is being developed by the LANDBANK Day Care Center to continually implement the program even on a modular approach.

  1. LANDBANK Lactation Station

LANDBANK is a strong advocate of exclusive breastfeeding and has been recognized by the Department of Health as a “Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace.” Notable is the continuing operations of a worksite Lactation Station where nursing employees can express and store their breast milk in a clean and sanitary environment even in the midst of the pandemic. A total of 53 personnel accessed the facility in 2020 from January 1 to March 15 before the implementation of the community quarantine. With the reduction of onsite work force from March 16 to the end of 2020, the number of users was reduced to an average of five per month.

To further motivate employees, several “Health Notes” were posted/released to the Bank’s online platforms promoting exclusive breastfeeding and its importance to the health and well-being of their babies. A post was also made on the promotion of the “National Breastfeeding Awareness Month” in August.

  1. Administration of Leave Benefits under the Magna Carta of Women

LANDBANK has granted a total of P34.15 million in leave benefits under the Magna Carta of Women in 2020, benefiting a total of 408 employees nationwide (78 male and 330 female employees). 

III. LANDBANK GAD Reports

IV. LANDBANK GAD Programs, Activities & Projects (PAPs)

  1. CREATION OF THE LANDBANK GAD FOCAL POINT SYSTEM - (S.O NO. 1103 S. 2010 )
  2. RE-CONSTITUTION OF THE LANDBANK  GAD FOCAL POINT SYSTEM - (S.O NO. 1316 S. 2016 )
  3. RE-CONSTITUTION OF THE LANDBANK  GAD FOCAL POINT SYSTEM AND CREATION OF VARIOUS REGIONAL GFPS  (S.O NO. 0225 S. 2019 )

For inquiries, contact:

Joel G. Pros
Division Chief
Employee Relations Department
joel.pros@yahoo.com
JPROS@mail.landbank.com
8405-2580 loc. 2580

Joseph Daniel R. David
Human Resource Management Analyst
Employee Relations Department
josephdanieldavid18@gmail.com
JDAVID@mail.landbank.com
8405-7131 loc. 7131

V. LANDBANK GAD PAPs (Programs, Activities & Projects)

Other LANDBANK GAD PAPs

  • 2022 LANDBANK NATIONAL WOMEN'S MONTH CELEBRATION (March 7, 2022)

  • MARCH 2022 LEARNING SESSIONS

  • 18-DAY CAMPAIGN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (2021)

In observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from November 25, 2021 to December 12, 2021, the following activities will be conducted: 

1.    Campaign for the participation of interested Bank employees/other personnel in the activities outlined by the Philippine Commission on Women as endorsed by the Department of Finance.

2.    LANDBANK’s internal activities:

a.    Learning session on how to help end VAW and RA 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act on November 25, 2021;
b.    Orange Your Icon Advocacy

  • GENDER-BASED SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN STREETS AND PUBLIC SPACES

#SafeSpaceParaSaLahat
#GirlsGetEqual

Source: Philippine Commission on Women

 

 

  • LANDBANK GAD CAPABILITY BUILDING INITIATIVES

a. LBP Management Committee (GFPS Executive Committee)

  • GAD Orientation (August 19, 2019)

b. LBP GFPS-TWG Members

  • Gender Sensitivity Training (October 14-16, 2019)

c. LBP GFPS-TWG Representatives

  • Gender Mainstreaming Seminar Workshop (April 12-16, 2021)
  • Training Workshop on Formulating the GAD Agenda (April 26-30, 2021)
  • GAD Planning and Budgeting (June 14-18, 21-23 & 25, 2021)
  • d.GAD Core Group (ADLS Policy Developers, Account Officers, Account Assistants; and GAD TWG Secretariat)
  • Gender Analysis and GAD Budget Attribution Webinar (October 19-23, 2020 & November 20,23-25, 2020)
  • Taking Stock of Attributed GAD Programs through Gender Analysis with the use of Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) focused on Project Identification and Design (Jan. 5-9, 2021)
  • Gender Sensitivity Training (Feb. 8-11, 2021)
  • Gender Mainstreaming Seminar-Workshop (Feb. 22-26, 2021)
  • Follow-Through Expanded Gender Analysis Course (March 8-12, 2021)
  • Advanced Course on Gender Analysis of Program and Project Design (April 5-8, 2021)
  • Advanced Course on Gender Analysis of Project Implementation, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (April 19-22, 2021)
  • Advanced Course on Gender Analysis of Program and Project Design (May 3-7, 2021) 
  • Generating Gender Statistics for Financial Inclusion (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, 2021)
  •  HGDG-based Mitigation Workshop on Project Design and Formulation (Oct. 5-7, 2021)
  • Gender Analysis of Project Design and Formulation with HGDG (October 12 – 15, 2021)
  • Gender Analysis of Project Implementation, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (December 6-10, 2021)

e.    Sectoral GAD Mainstreaming Initiative (Gender Sensitivity Training)

  • Agricultural & Development Lending Sector (October 19-22, 2021) – 36 Participants
  • Branch Banking Sector (November 23-26, 2021) – 35 Participants
  • Corporate Services Sector (December 14-17, 2021) – 31 Participants