24 July 2017 – In line with its Gender and Development (GAD) program, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore conducted a seminar-workshop on the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP WPS) 2017-2022 for its personnel, including the attached agencies (i.e., DOLE, DND, SSS, and Pag-IBIG), last 22 July at Hotel Jen Tanglin.
The seminar-workshop was facilitated by Dr. Ma. Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza of Ateneo de Manila University, who is also involved as Consultant/Expert on the NAP WPS with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).
The NAP WPS 2017-2022 is already the third generation since PH launched the inaugural NAP in 2010 thereby becoming the first Asian country to do so in compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820.
Dr. Rallonza acknowledged the Philippine Embassy as the first Post to conduct a training on NAP WPS 2017-2022, which was only launched last March. She expressed the hope that the Embassy could share a copy of the seminar-workshop’s outputs to DFA to encourage other Posts to follow suit.
The DFA is an agency member of the National Steering Committee on Women, Peace and Security by virtue of Executive Order no. 865, s. 2010. As an agency member, the DFA is committed to conducting such a seminar for the personnel of various Foreign Service Posts, including the attached agencies.
The seminar-workshop covered the following: (1) Conceptual Grounding on Women, Peace and Security; (2) International and Regional Instruments; (3) Basic Elements of the NAP WPS 2017-2022; and (4) a workshop proper on the crafting of Proposed Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs) for Post.