Strengthening of Gender and Development Focal Points
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 the Regional GAD Focal Point Subsystems.
Among the organization-focused GAD activities conducted during the year is the Gender Sensitivity Training for the members of the GAD Technical Working Group and RGFPS to educate them on basic and relevant GAD knowledge and principles as part of capability-building initiatives.
Protection against Gender-Based Sexual Harassment
LANDBANK supports the implementation of Republic Act No. 11313 or “The Safe Spaces Act”, addressing gender-based sexual harassment in workplaces and other public areas. Thorough information campaign through the utilization of the Bank’s connectivity platforms (i.e, LBP Notes and Workplace by Facebook) was used to disseminate materials about the Safe Spaces Act. Posters in support of said Act were also displayed in the Bank elevators and other public areas, as part of the Bank’s efforts to prevent incidences of sexual harassment and maintain a safe and secure workplace.
GAD Advocacy Activities
In support of the National Women’s Month Celebration in March, LANDBANK adopted the Philippine Commission on Women-recommended activities, such as the week-long “Serbisyo para kay Juana” where LANDBANK personnel, particularly women, were afforded free or discounted health and wellness products and services. A total of 292 female and male personnel availed of the services. “Purple Fridays,” when personnel wore purple-colored attires, served as an advocacy activity to promote understanding of the importance of gender equality.
The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12, 2019 was actively supported by LANDBANK through the Orange Your Icon campaign, including the dissemination of information, education and promotion materials that uphold women’s rights through various communication channels.