The Seminar on Gender-Based Violence on February 29, 2024, at the Iloilo Science and Technology University TLE Center, marked a significant milestone in the university’s commitment in addressing gender inequality and violence. Attended by faculty members from both the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the seminar united academic disciplines in a collective effort to confront this pressing social issue.

Atty. Eric Paul Peralta, an esteemed resource speaker from the National Gender and Development Resource Pool of UPLB, led the discussion, and faculty members poised to gain invaluable insights into the complexities of gender-based violence.

As educators and thought leaders, CEA and CAS faculty members played a vital role in shaping the discourse surrounding gender-based violence within the university community and beyond. Their active engagement in the seminar exemplified a shared commitment to foster a culture of respect, equity, and inclusivity within the academic environment.

Throughout the seminar, Atty. Eric Paul Peralta delivered a series of compelling presentations, including Safe Spaces Act 11313, RA 7877, 2017 Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RACCS), RA 11313, and its IRR which is utilized in handling cases on sexual harassment as members of the Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI).

Atty Peralta’s thought-provoking insights delved into the root causes of gender-based violence, explored its intersectionality with other forms of oppression, and highlighted the critical role of education and advocacy in effecting meaningful change. Through interactive and ‘Usap Tayo’ sessions, faculty members had the opportunity to deepen their understanding of gender dynamics and learn practical strategies for preventing and addressing violence in their respective spheres of influence.

As the seminar concluded, CEA and CAS faculty members departed with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to combat gender-based violence in their academic and professional endeavors. Armed with new knowledge, resources, and networks, they were empowered to become agents of change within their communities and champion the cause of gender equality. By harnessing the collective expertise and passion of its faculty members, ISAT U reaffirmed its commitment of creating a safer, more inclusive, and gender-responsive learning environment for all.

Article by: Engr. Adrian L. Pillano