The DENR Caraga, through its Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System (RGADFS) in partnership with PENRO Surigao del Norte and CENRO Tubod GADFPS, spearheaded an outreach program in Barangay Silop, Mainit, Surigao del Norte on March 24, 2023. 

Brgy. Silop was one of the badly hit barangays during typhoon Odette on December 16, 2021.

Highlights of the activity include the ceremonial planting of 40 fruit tree seedlings near Lake Silop, which was participated by DENR and BLGU officials and representatives from women’s groups, the youth, and senior citizens. 

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) representative, Ms. Marie Penelope Fang, discussed Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRA). She also presented a video on GAD Mainstreaming, particularly on the VRA of the MGB. 

In his message during the program, PENRO Agapito T. Patubo of Surigao del Norte expressed his gratitude for the active participation of the women in Barangay Silop and assured the community of his office’s support in terms of programs and activities concerning the environment and natural resources.

Ms. Elsalyn J. Evangelio discussed the GAD concept. She also emphasized the importance of women, and their role in society as she explained this year’s Women’s Month celebration theme, “WE for Gender Equality and Inclusive Society.” 

CENRO Ruel E. Efren of CENRO Tubod emphasized in his message the rights of women, especially their right to own land. He even assured the audience of the speedy processing and issuance of their land titles, especially since the survey of their lots was already approved.

Mayor Crisanta O. Mondano of the municipality of Mainit graced the program. In her message, she stresses the significance of the women’s month celebration, saying that it gives society a chance to treat both men and women equally, unlike before when women were considered second-class citizens.  

In her part, Ms. Nancy Bardoza, representative of Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. shared that in the field of mining, unlike before, women are now capable of doing the same things as men because they were allowed to do so.

Other activities during the one-day outreach program were the distribution of 130 grafted fruit tree seedlings and hygiene kits from SMMCI and Sanitary Care Products Asia, Inc. sanitary products, and 100 packs (5-kilo pack) of rice.

On behalf of the community, Brgy. Kagawad and Chair on Women and Children, Hon. Maribel J. Alacre, expressed some words of gratitude to the DENR and other groups for choosing them as beneficiaries of the outreach program.