To promote gender equality and awareness, the Gender and Development (GAD) Program of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) held three activities to mark the 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

The said 18-day campaign, which started on November 25 until December 12, 2014, was in observance with GAD’s vision of upholding equal opportunities for both genders in our society.

The first activity dubbed as Hataw to Fight Aids, which was held during World Aids day on December 1, was a mob exercise participated in by the faculty, staff and students wearing red t-shirts to symbolize the worldwide red ribbon campaign for aids. It was spearheaded by the WVCST Physical Education (PE) Department.

    “GAD has programs for the school to create awareness to the students in order to remove gender stereotypes,” said Mrs. Emily A. de la Cruz, GAD’s focal chair.

Two other activities held were the quiz bee on gender issues on December 10 organized by the WVCST Mathematics Department and the Gender Clip Festival held on December 12 sponsored by the Social Science Department.

Lyka Labrador, Karl Lloyd Cabalfin and Rhonalyn Encarnacion of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA)-Main Campus emerged as champions in the quiz bee on Gender Issues and received a prize of 5,000 pesos.

In the GAD video making contest “Gender Clip Festival,” Kurt Dominic Sumbing of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) won over 25 other contestants winning 3,000 pesos as the grand prize.

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