The University of the Philippines Los Baños Gender Center (UPLBGC) culminated their 10th anniversary celebration with the launching of their new logo and official turnover of the center’s directorship from Dr. Bella C. Cruzana to Atty. Eric Paul D. Peralta on 31 July 2018 at the Obdulia F. Sison Hall, UPLB.
Mr. Glenn S. Lubuguin, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension opened the program by congratulating GC for their anniversary celebration. This was followed by a few words from Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, who was positive that Atty. Peralta’s background would help in addressing gender issues.
Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. then highlighted the event’s theme “Roadmap and Pathways: UPLBGC in the Next Years Towards a Gender Responsive University” in his inspirational message. According to him, the center can achieve their plans with “solid mission and strategic planning” and eventually become a “national and even potentially an international hub for gender studies in Southeast Asia.”
The program moved on with the official turnover of GC’s directorship. Former GC director and now director of the University Publications Office Dr. Cruzana said a few words before Atty. Peralta took the floor.
In his speech, Atty. Peralta laid out his vision, plans, and programs as the new GC director. He wants sees the GC to be more visibly active in national and international forum and conferences when it comes to gender development. He will also be retainingwishes to retain the staple activities that they have, along with the conduct of more capacity building programs and establishment of policies on anti-sexual harassment. He also highlightedpointed out the roles of men against gender-based violence. All of these with the help of UPLBGC staff and coordinators.
Another highlight of the event is the launching of the center’s new logo designed by Sairah Mae R. Saipudin, University Research Associate I from the UPLBGC. It symbolizes the combined efforts of feminists, gender advocates, and allies of the LGBT community, with UPLB in the forefront towards the achievement of “gender and inclusive development and ending of gender-based violence.”
During the event, officers of UPLB MOVE (Men Opposed to Violence against women Everywhere) also took their oaths. MOVE is an all-male group composed of members from different UPLB units, which was formed through the initiative of GC to end violence against women and to ensure gender equality. UPLBGC Committee members were also introduced in the event, followed by the presentation of research and thesis grant program recipients.
The program was closed by Dr. Teri Marie Laude, coordinator of the Reproductive Health Office.