UPLB Gender Center is now under OVCCA
9 March 2020 | By: Miguel Victor T. Durian
The UPLB Gender Center (UPLB-GC) is now under the administrative supervision of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA), effective 1 January 2020, per Administrative Order No. 137, series of 2020, issued by the Office of Chancellor on 27 February 2020.
Prior to this, the office has been under the Office of the Vice Chancellors for Research and Extension (OVCRE) since 2013 and Academic Affairs (OVCAA) from 2009 to 2012. This is the first time that UPLB-GC has been put under the auspices of OVCCA.
UPLB-GC administrative supervision is on a rotation basis among the three Office of the Vice Chancellors, per the 1234th Resolution of the UP Board of Regents.
VC Serlie Barroga-Jamias officially welcomed GC to OVCCA in her solidarity speech during the special UPLB flag ceremony that GC hosted on March 2. The ceremony kicked off the University’s participation in the 2020 National Women’s Month.
UPLB-GC is the University’s arm in creating and enhancing awareness on gender concerns in its academic, research and public service, and administrative programs.
The current UPLB-GC director is Atty. Eric Paul D. Peralta, a faculty member at the College of Human Ecology (CHE) and a member of the National Gender and Development Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW).
To fulfill its mandates, UPLB-GC supervises the Gender for Rural Development Office (GRDO) headed by Dr. Evelie P. Serrano and the Reproductive Health Office (RHO) headed by Dr. Teri Marie P. Laude.
In 2018, UPLB-GC formed the UPLB Men Opposed to Violence Against Women Everywhere (MOVE), a professional organization of male UPLB employees tasked to lead activities that aim to eliminate all forms of violence against women in the University.
UPLB-GC also coordinates the University’s Special Gender and Development (GAD) Committee and Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of the deans, unit heads, and staff of colleges and units.
Lastly, the office also works closely with the Office of Anti-Sexual Harassment (OASH) of OC headed by Dr. Emilia Lastica-Ternura through the UPLB Anti-Sexual Harassment (ASH) Council, of which Atty. Peralta and all vice chancellors are members. VC Jamias also chaired the council in 2019.