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Members of the MGB-IX Regional GAD-Technical Working Group (RGAD-TWG) attended and participated in the first regional Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget held via Zoom. This activity was organized by the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), which is a special committee under the Regional Development Council IX, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).
 
MGB-IX was represented by RGAD-TWG Chair Jessica Lucero, Alternate Chair Emma Deverala, Budget Officer Agnes Craven, SEMS Reginald Hebron, SRS Elsa Dolotina, Economist Jenylyn Dicen & Geologic Aide, Ms. Maria Jessica Avecilla, joining other participants from various regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, government owned and controlled corporation, and other government instrumentalities not just coming from from Region 9, but also from Region 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region as well.

Welcoming the virtual participants was RGADC IX Chairperson, and OIC-Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education IX, Dr. Rody P. Garcia, who expressed his gratitude to PCW for its constant support to the goal of gender responsiveness, equality, and empowerment in the region.

In her closing remarks message, PCW Deputy Director for Operations Maria Kristine Josefina G. Balmes  lauded the participants for joining and completing the virtual activity amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic.