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Insights into Gender Justice: NCF Seminar Delves into Legal Safeguards

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The Seminar Hall of the Criminology Building at Naga College Foundation, Inc. (NCF) was abuzz with intellectual discourse as the academic council spearheaded a seminar dubbed “WEmen Empowering Women: The Laws on Gender Sensitivity,” with the aim of delving the faculty of instruction into the legal frameworks protecting women and children and fostering a deeper understanding of gender sensitivity within the academic community, on Friday, March 22, 2024.

As she addressed the faculty members present in the forum, Dr. Nora Elizabeth F. Maniquiz, Vice President for Academic Affairs, rendered a sound rationale for the discussion by citing the intricate nature and alarming statistics surrounding violence against women and children and recommending potential research avenues highlighting gender equality aligned with the fifth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the United Nations (UN).

Dr. Marilyn F. Balares, Assistant Vice President for Tertiary Education and Dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE), on the other hand, expressed in her speech the significance of enhancing knowledge on laws that safeguard the rights of women and children, as it plays a pivotal role in fostering a more equitable and just society.

Gracing the forum were legal experts from the Public Attorney’s Office in Naga City, Atty. Marvin Milla and Atty. Her Lynn F. Balares, who provided comprehensive insights into key legislative acts with the intent of protecting the rights, interests, and welfare of the people, particularly women and children.

Atty. Milla meticulously discussed the provisions of Republic Act No. 9262, known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, dissecting its constitutional basis, applicable circumstances, and coverage, and supplemented his discussion with real-life cases and court rulings–offering attendees a nuanced understanding of the legal intricacies involved.

Complementing Atty. Milla’s presentation, Atty. Her Lynn F. Balares provided clarity on the scopes and coverages of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 (Republic Act No. 7877) and the Safe Spaces Act of 2019 (Republic Act No. 11313), citing pertinent cases and court rulings to explicate their implications effectively.

Meanwhile, Dr. Stanley O. Dy, Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, concurred with Dr. Balares and underscored the immense importance of upholding laws protecting women and children, alongside promoting gender equality as a means to nurture a culture of respect, inclusivity, and gender sensitivity within a society, as he wrapped off the academic seminar.

Along with the teaching personnel who actively participated in enriching the discussions, present during the seminar was Dr. Aida P. Osea, Executive Vice President.