GAD celebrates Success of Three Programs
by Monlouie M. Sorzano, LPT
MSU-GSC Gender and Development Committee culminated three of its programs, namely: GAD Corner, Zumbalicious: The Biggest Loser, and GAD Film Festival by giving awards to participating university constituents. The event was held along the Year-end Thanksgiving Party on December 9, 2019 at Phela Grande Convention Center.
The awarding was led by the chairperson of the GAD Committee, Dr. Precy M. Regalado along with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mishell D. Lawas, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Edgardo A. Dazo, J.D. and Chancellor Anshari P. Ali, Ph.D.
First of the programs initiated by the committee is the GAD Corner. The activity is designed to offer an opportunity to creatively raise awareness on various issues on GAD. The participating offices have allotted a space to decorate based on the monthly theme. Evaluations were conducted monthly to check-up the sustainability of the GAD Corners. The judging was concluded on the month of November to announce the annual winning offices. The College of Agriculture was hailed as Best GAD Corner, followed by the University Library and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics taking 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively.
Zumbalicious: The Biggest Loser, an activity aimed to improve the physical and social well-being of the university constituents, was also pioneered by the GAD Office. The activity was made possible with the cooperation of the Administrative Staff and Support Services Association (ASSSA) and Medical Services Office of the university. Monthly Zumba sessions were attended by faculty and staff members as well as students from different colleges. The activity also awarded its biggest weight loser, dubbed as The Biggest Loser, at the end of the year. Prof. Catherina Cunanan of the Senior High School Department was awarded with the recognition after successfully losing a couple of pounds and for her consistent attendance in the Zumba sessions.
Film-making was also among the activities that helped GAD Committee set forth its pursuit for gender empowerment in the university. Different colleges and departments were invited to gather their promising film-makers to create a 15-minute short film tackling the theme of “Gender and Development Issues of the People of SOCCSKSARGEN”. Film entries for the 1st GAD Film Festival were the following: “Per” of the College of Agriculture, “Balot” of the College of Education, “Marilag sa Pinilakang Tabing” of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, “Iska: Babae sa Laylayan ng Magna Carta” of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and “Kama o Sopa” of the Senior High School Department. The films were publicly screened at the Regional Science Research Center (RSRC) and viewed by college and high school students on December 2-3, 2019. The following awards were given to the film entries: College of Agriculture’s “Per” received Best Film and Best Screenplay, Senior High School Department’s “Kama o Sopa” received 2nd Best Film, Best Trailer, Best in Editing and Best Director, College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ “Iska: Babae sa Laylayan ng Magna Carta” received Best in Cinematography, Best Actress and People’s Choice Award and College of Education’s “Balot” received Best Actor.
The first half of the Academic Year 2019-2020 saw the success of the implementation of GAD programs participated by various colleges, departments, and offices. As the committee pushes forward with its agenda in the coming year, different programs and projects were planned and green-lighted through the full support of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, Dr. Edna P. Oconer and the participation of GAD representatives of the university.
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