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The University of the Philippines System showcased its top scientists and artists at its Research and Creative Work Leadership Conference (RCWLC) dubbed "Utak at Puso para sa bayan (A Knowledge Festival)." This was held on 17 to 19 April 2016 at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines. The conference featured UP’s most highly cited academics and researchers based on Google Scholar. Three of these are UP Open University (UPOU) professors, namely, Dr. Alexander G. Flor, Dr. Inocencio E. Buot, Jr., and Dr. Patricia B. Arinto.

Dr. Flor, UPOU’s Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS) has an H-index of 7 with a citation of 207 on Google Scholar. He is an expert in the area of development communication, knowledge management, distance education, information and communication technology or ICT for Development, ICT for Education, and indigenous knowledge systems, and has published numerous books and journal articles in these fields. At the RCWLC, he exhibited his publication entitled "Dysfunctional Digital Demeanors: Tales from (and Policy Implications of) eLearnings Dark Side."

Dr. Inocencio E. Buot, Jr., UPOU’s former Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), is a UP Scientist III and has an H-index of 6 and a citation score of 105. He has done numerous researches on vegetation ecology, landscape ecology, biodiversity hotspots and conservation, vascular plant systematic, wild plant domestication, ethnobotany, medical botany, developmental and systematic anatomy, plant geography, environmental science. His works are published and cited in various international publications including the American Journal of Environmental Science, Asia Life Sciences, and the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology.

Dr. Patricia Arinto, is UPOU’s Dean of the Faculty of Education (FEd). She scored 5 on the H-index and listed 62 citations on Google Scholar. Dr. Arinto is a recognized expert in distance education, learning design, and teacher professional development in technology-supported learning where she has led several projects and researches, and has been invited to speak in conferences abroad on these subjects. She exhibited her research "A Framework for Developing Competencies in Open and Distance e-Learning" at the RCWLC.

Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso, UPOU’s former Chancellor, was also recognized for her contributions as an artist. Dr. Alfonso is a painter and a sculptor, a filmmaker, director, film researcher, a multimedia expert, and a film critic. She has acted as writer and director in several television dramas, narrative features, documentaries, and educational videos. In addition to these, she has directed numerous educational videos that are used in a range of courses at the UP Open University. Dr. Alfonso is one of only two artists that have been permitted by the University of the Philippines to cast and create the iconic UP Oblation.

The RCWLC also served a gathering of UP’s top scientists, researchers and artists to forge stronger interdisciplinary collaborations, and work together to effectively showcase their products to the media and the general public. Authors of projects and researches that were funded by UP and externally were also invited to participate and exhibit their projects.

UPOU’s project under the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Program of the UP System, "Multimedia and Multidisciplinary Teaching and Learning Materials: Production, Research and Assessment" by Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso, Dr. Melinda F. Lumanta, Dr. Jean A. Saludadez, and Dr. Melinda dP. Bandalaria was exhibited at the conference. Another project under the UP Enhanced Creative Work and Research Grant (ECWRG) by Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao entitled "Changing Faces, Facing Changes: Landscape Changes in Calamba City and the Environment" was also displayed. Dr. Sheila Bonito, the recipient of ASEA UNINET’s Bernd Rode Senior Research Award 2016, also exhibited her study "Data Mining in Twitter during Typhoon Events in the Philippines."

This conference is spearheaded by the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and was held as part of the University’s efforts to increase the scientific literacy and artistic awareness of the country. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

Prof. Patricia B. Arinto talks about the Potential Contribution of Open Educational Resources to e-Learning and Distance Education in the Smart Global Development Conference

Prof. Patricia B. Arinto, Dean of the UP Open University Faculty of Education (FEd), was a keynote speaker at the 3rd e-Learning and Distance Education Conference (ELDEC 2016) in Lahore, Pakistan and an invited session co-presenter at the Smart Global Development Conference in Ottawa, Canada in March and April, respectively.

Dean Arinto’s keynote address at ELDEC 2016, which was organized by the Virtual University of Pakistan and held on 14-15 March 2016, was on "The Potential Contribution of Open Educational Resources to e-Learning and Distance Education." She gave an overview of the multi-country Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project funded by the International Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), and discussed OER in the context of various e-learning and distance education models and frameworks. Noting that over the last two decades there has been a change in emphasis from content to connection to community in e-learning and distance education, she proposed a research agenda around OER in/and e-learning and distance education as follows: "In what ways and under what circumstances does use of OER make e-learning and distance education more open, more effective, and more flexible?"

At the Smart Global Development Conference organized by IDRC, the Aga Kahn Foundation Canada, and Academics without Borders on 13-14 April 2016, Dean Arinto spoke about OER and massive open online courses (MOOCs) as strategies for improving the accessibility and quality of higher education in developing countries. Highlighting open learning as a philosophy of and an approach to education, Dean Arinto cited examples from the work of the UP Open University in the session on "Teaching and Pedagogy: Educating Future Leaders and Change Agents to Drive Social Innovation and Economic Growth." The Smart Global Development Conference brought together more than a hundred senior Canadian and global policymakers, academic leaders, members of the diplomatic community, and development practitioners to explore the role of higher education in advancing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) comprising the United Nations-led 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Dean Arinto holds a Doctor in Education degree from the Institute of Education, University of London. She also has an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines Diliman, a Postgraduate Certificate in Technology-based Distributed Learning from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in Communication Arts (magna cum laude) from the UP Visayas - Tacloban College. Her expertise includes distance education, learning design, and teacher professional development in technology-supported learning. Her recent involvements include being deputy principal investigator of IDRC’s ROER4D project, which covers 26 countries in South and Southeast Asia, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and serving as project leader and principal investigator of an Australian Government-funded study on the use of tablet computers in public secondary schools in the Philippines in 2012-2014 and a USAID-funded study on the state of information and communications technology (ICT) in Philippine basic education in 2012. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

The AAOU keynote speakers are International scholars in educational technology and open education

International scholars in educational technology and open education Dr. Laura Czerniwiecz and Dr. Qiong Wang will be the keynote speakers at the 30th annual conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) to be held on 26-29 October 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

Dr. Czerniewicz is the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching and a well known scholar of technologically-mediated teaching and learning and the changing higher education environment. In 2005, as the first director of UCT’s Center for Education Technology (CET) she helped to institute the university’s first educational technology policy. Subse-quently, as head of OpenUCT in 2010 she initiated the open scholarship agenda, which includes the UCT Open Access policy and repository. Dr. Czerniewicz is involved in regional and international policy work and a member of the advisory boards of international educational and technology publications.

Dr. Wang, the director of Peking University’s (PKU) X-Learning Center and one of the key experts behind PKU’s first series of massive open online courses (MOOCs), heads the top MOOC research group in China. She has led numerous in-service teacher training programs on ICT integration for the Chinese Ministry of Education, including teacher professional development projects in partnership with Microsoft, Dell, and Apple. Dr. Wang’s research focuses on teaching and learning in online environments, applying ICT to improve the quality of higher education, as well as MOOC pedagogy and learning communities.

The 2016 AAOU conference, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, is being hosted in the Philippines for the second time since 2000. The three-day conference will bring together open and distance learning advocates, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and scholars in Asia in a discussion of global trends in open and distance e-learning (ODeL). (Paula Grace Muyco)

A Forum on the People’s Agenda for the National Elections

To help Filipinos make informed choices for the coming elections in May 2016, the UP Open University Office of Gender Concerns (OGC) and the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) held the "Hugot ng Bayan Para sa Halalan: A Forum on the People’s Agenda for the National Elections" on 29 March 2016 at the Audio-Visual Room, UPOU Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna and live via webstreaming at the upounetworks.net.

Four panel discussants were invited to present on different aspects – policy and governance, women and poverty, health and nutrition, and the environment. Asst. Prof. Juvy Gervacio, Program Chair of Master of Public Management (MPM), presented "The Future We Want: Challenges and Prospects for the New Administration." Her presentation included the result of a personal survey she conducted, and the result of a Pulse Asia survey about what people want from the next administration. Asst. Prof. Gervacio identified the areas that the next administration should address, and challenged the audience to be critical in choosing if their candidates have any programs to address the issues identified.

The second speaker was Asst. Prof. Finaflor Taylan, Program Chair of Diploma in Women and Development (DWD). Her presentation was entitled "Usapang Kahirapan at Kababaihan sa Halalan." Answering the question "Mahirap ba ang buhay?," she presented the facts and figures of poverty in the Philippines, and the programs that the government implemented to address the issues. She presented the platforms that each presidentiables has planned to address the issues, and their stand on some issues involving gender and development. She also provided her own view on how poverty and gender and development issues should be addressed.

The third speaker was Asst. Prof. Myra Oruga, Program Chair of Diploma and Master of International Health (D/MIH). She showed the facts and figures she collated from the National Nutrition Council about the prevalence of malnutrition in the country and how this cut across all ages. She mentioned that not all presidentiables have programs and plans on health promotion and education when this should also be prioritized.

The last speaker was Assoc. Prof. Consuelo dL. Habito, Program Chair of Diploma and Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (D/MENRM). In her presentation entitled "Halalan para sa Kalikasan,"she also presented a comparative list of environmental programs and priorities of each presidential candidate. These areas include agriculture, water resource conservation, mining and proper land use, preparation for disasters and climate change adaptation, and the promotion of renewable energy and green technology.

Before the forum ended, the audience were given an opportunity to ask questions that were answered by the discussants. Asst. Prof. Taylan, as the Director of OGC, gave the closing remarks, mentioning that a second leg of the forum will be held to tackle other relevant aspects of the country and the elections. She thanked all the speakers for their inputs and the audience for their participation, hoping that the forum will help them vote wisely in May 2016.

This forum served as the culminating event of the UPOU’s celebration of the National Women’s Month as well as celebration of the World Social Work Day. This was done through the coordinative mechanism of the UPOU sa Halalan 2016 under the UP sa Halalan 2016 Project. (Anna Ca&as-Llamas)

Dr. Garcia appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies

UP Open University (UPOU) welcomes Dr. Primo G. Garcia as the new Dean of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) succeeding Dr. Inocencio E. Buot, Jr. who led FMDS for two terms.

Dr. Garcia has brought his expertise in the areas of organization studies, agribusiness management, research and development (R&D) management, and open and distance e-learning (ODeL) to the faculty. As the 4th Dean of FMDS, he aims to enhance the quality of teaching and learning experience and outcomes, enhance research quality, productivity and impact in priority areas of concern, harness ODeL and other platforms to deliver public service programs, build up administrative efficiency to support academic excellence and promote staff’s professional development and work-life balance.

Dr. Garcia has been a faculty member of FMDS since 2001 where he became the Program Chair of the Diploma in Research & Development Management (DR&DM) from 2002-2003 then in 2010 – 2013. Through his guidance, the DR&DM program underwent revision which involved the re-numbering and institution of new courses. Before embarking on his new post as Dean, he served as the Director of UPOU’s Information Office and Multimedia Centre. Under his leadership, distance education and the university was made known through exhibits, seminars and orientations all over the country, redevelopment of the university website, repackaging of communication collaterals, and the launching of social media accounts.

His direction ushered the production of promotional and educational videos, most notably the UPOU Networks, a web-based repository of open access educational materials in multimedia. He has also been involved in the development of online capacity building programs as well as online courses in leadership, business process management, child rights protection, and R&D managers.

Dr. Garcia holds a PhD in Organization Studies from the University of Melbourne, Master of Business in Agribusiness from the University of Queensland, and B.S. in Agribusiness (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Los Ba&ntidle;os. (Paula Grace Muyco)

Dr. Flor is the new Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies

At the 1316th UP Board of Regents Meeting on 31 March 2016, Dr. Alexander G. Flor was appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS), UP Open University (UPOU) effective 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.

Dr. Flor has a PhD in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and a Post Doctorate Degree in Informatization Studies from the East West Center- Institute of Culture and Communication in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He also serves as the current Program Chair of the Doctor of Communication Program at FICS, and has also handled several courses under the Master of Development Communication (MDC) of FICS, Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (MENRM) of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), and Master of Distance Education (MDE) of the Faculty of Education (Fed). He started with UPOU as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development and a professor under the then Faculty of Social Science and Humanities in 2002. After the reorganization of UPOU in 2003, he became the founding Dean of FICS, and served for two terms.

Prior to joining UPOU, he was a faculty member of the College of Development Communication of UPLB for 25 years. He also served as a visiting Professor at the Kasetsart University in Thailand.

He is a well-cited scholar in the area of development communication, knowledge management, distance education, information and communication technology or ICT for Development, ICT for Education, and indigenous knowledge systems. He has published numerous books and journal articles in these fields and has also presented a number of researches in these areas in conferences all over the world.

Dr. Flor is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, East-West Center Association and the National Research Council of the Philippines. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

UP showcases outputs of its top scientists and artists at UP Knowledge Festival.

From 17 to 19 April 2016, the University of the Philippines will showcase the outputs of its top scientists and artists in the areas of food production, health, climate change, energy, technology, education and more.

Billed UP Knowledge Festival: Utak at Puso para sa Bayan, the three-day event will be held at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City as part of the University’s efforts to increase scientific literacy and artistic awareness in the country.

"We want people to see that what UP has been doing inside the laboratories, in field researches and creative works are timely, relevant and beneficial to the community and the nation," explains Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela P. Concepcion.

The three-day festival will comprise a number of activities. One will be an exhibit of cutting-edge research and innovations developed within the six clusters of the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program: (1) agri/aquaculture, food and nutrition, (2) health and wellness, (3) disaster risk management and climate change, (4) energy, environment and ecotourism, (5) technology, new materials and other products, and (6) progressive teaching and learning, which will be shared for the first time with state universities and colleges, government agencies, industry partners and the media.

"UP must serve as an academic hub with special emphasis on multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary frameworks that can serve as a catalyst for development," asserts UP President Alfredo E. Pascual. An educated populace with knowledge capital (also called suprastructure) can bring about innovative approaches that will address the problems of society. This in turn can spur sustainable and inclusive economic growth on a par with our dynamic ASEAN neighbors.

Moreover, there will be plenary sessions where renowned resource speakers will discuss topics such as Why Arts Should Matter (Dr. Butch Dalisay), Hazard Vulnerabilities of the Public School System: Communicating Data & Science (Dr. Clarissa David), Commercialization of Technology (Dr. Al Serafica), Building Knowledge Cities (Atty. Arnel Casanova), and Health Emergency Planning for Yolanda-affected LGUs: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Dr. Philip Padilla).

Finally, UP President Pascual will chair a roundtable on the role of higher level education for the creation and dissemination of knowledge and innovation. Since the topic of education was overlooked during the last presidential debate, the roundtable promises to be an incisive and engaging discussion with Drs. Edna Co and Butch Dalisay, Roby Alampay, Lourd De Veyra, Joselito Yabut, and Professors Emeriti Randy David and Ernesto Pernia.

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UPOU recognizes exemplary service of its employees on anniversary day.

In the spirit of togetherness and camaraderie, UPOU held its Family Day as one of its Anniversary activities for this year. The afternoon of 29 February 2016 was devoted to the recognition of staff members who have served the University for 5, 10, 15 and 20 years, awarding of the winners of the UPOU volleyball tournament, and recognition of non-teaching staff members who were able to finish their degrees.

The program started with a welcome message from Dr. Jean Saludadez, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Chair of the 21st Anniversary Committee. She congratulated the awardees and thanked the Anniversary Committee for their efforts.

Ms. Percia Secreto, Over-all in Charge of the UPOU Volleyball Tournament, announced the awarding of the winning team and outstanding volleyball players. She congratulated all who were involved, thanked the Vice-Chancellors and Asst. Prof. Rita Ramos, the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, for their support. She also said that the sports and recreation facilities that were requested have been approved by then Chancellor Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso.

Red Team was declared as the tournament champion. Blue Team placed second and the Green Team third. Yellow Team was the 1st runner up. Ms. Riza Drio and Mr. Joel Llobit were recognized as the Most Valuable Players. Ms. Secreto also invited other UPOU employees to join them in the sport. Ms. Helen Creer was given a one-time Incentive Grant for Finishing a Degree for Non-Teaching Staff, for finishing her Master of Business Management.

The five-year service awardees were Ms. Myleen Argel, Asst. Prof. Rita Ramos, Ms. Anna Cañas-Llamas, Mr. Benedict Reforma and Mr. Raymond de Leon. Asst. Prof. Marie-Sol Hidalgo was awarded for her 10-year service. Those who were awarded for their 15 years of service were Ms. Geneva Simplina, Mr. Celestino Quiña and Ms. Ronelyn Marasigan. Eleven people were awarded the 20-year service award, namely, Mr. Renato Ilagan, Jr., Mr. Allan Pamulaklakin, Ms. Erlina Manarin, Assoc. Prof. Joane Serrano, Ms. Cecilia Santiago, Ms. Roselyn Gacosta, Ms. Elvy Pamulaklakin, Mr. Jay Aldemita, Mr. Felix Bautusta, Ms. Marcelino Delfin, and Ms. Amalia Gecalao-Perez.

The event was also a venue to show UPOU’s gratitude to its outgoing Chancellor, Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso. All units of UPOU presented their gifts and testimonials to her. An audio-visual presentation of her nine years with UPOU was also shown. Dr. Alfonso was effusive as she thanked the UPOU family. In her speech, she said that she enjoyed the nine best years of her professional career with UPOU because of the capable people she worked with.

Asst. Prof. Fina Taylan and Asst. Prof. Ram de Jesus were the emcees of the event, which ended with an early dinner fellowship for the UPOU family. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)

Jimson Sulit, a UPOU multimedia studies student, was chosen to attend Harvard conference on international relations.

Jimson Sulit, a UPOU Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (BAMS) student, was chosen as one of the 200 delegates from all over the world to attend the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Harvard Conference on 12-15 February 2016 at Harvard University, USA. Over 5,000 applicants competed for the slots.

HPAIR is a student-run organization at Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The program aims to provide a dynamic forum exchange on international issues vital to Asia, foster long-term relationships among young leaders from around the globe, and connect talented delegates with today's leaders in academe, business and government (hpair.org).

Mr. Sulit currently works as a business analyst for an IT firm based in Greenhills, San Juan while finishing his undergraduate degree in multimedia studies at UPOU. According to Mr. Sulit, he learned about the conference through his friend from Poland who previously participated in an HPAIR conference. When asked how he was chosen, he wrote "It was a mix of different factors. The screening process is highly selective and tedious. I had to answer and submit numerous essays detailing my skills and experiences, as well as knowledge of the latest Asian and International relations issues and topics. The essays that I have submitted were reviewed by the Harvard organizing committee and this was just the first part of the screening process." He added that has previously been chosen as a conference ambassador and delegate for the HPAIR Asia Conference in Manila in August 2015.

The conference taught Mr. Sulit much. "First, I have learned that the future belongs to those who see learning as a never-ending process." He also learned that the power of networking is overwhelmingly underrated. "I thought that for these kinds of events, it's just protocol to mingle with people. But once you get to know people deeply and you find out that you share numerous goals and values, it is so much easier to collaborate on different projects and undertakings."

Mr. Sulit appreciated the flexibility that UPOU gave him – being able to work and study and participate in different conferences and events. According to him, UPOU has been instrumental in defining a clearer vision for his future with its helpful community. He encouraged those who wish to pursue degrees in UPOU to challenge themselves and their limitations. "The challenges are big but the opportunities are even greater," he stated. (Anna Cañas-Llamas and Criscelle Moya-Pobre)

UPOU celebrates international women's month with exhibit and forums.

The UP Open University joins the world in the celebration of the International Women's Month of March, through several activities that highlight women and other issues and concerns relating to them.

On 08 March 2016, UPOU launched the exhibit entitled "UGNAYAN. Connectivity. Interactivity. Networking," As stated in the curatorial note written by Dr. Primo Garcia, the exhibit "presents narratives of efforts in ASEAN integration, gender mainstreaming, and higher education. It is a tapestry of voices and stories of empowering women, men, children, and their communities through technology. It is a testament to the values of networks, integration, and connections – values embodied by the Filipino word, Ugnayan."

The exhibit opening and ribbon cutting was led by Chancellor Melinda dP. Bandalaria, in the presence of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Melinda Lumanta, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Admnistration Jean Saludadez, Faculty of Management and Development Studies Dean Inocencio Buot, Jr., and Faculty of Education Dean Patricia Arinto. Prof. Finaflor F. Taylan, Director of Office of Gender Concerns, and Dr. Primo Garcia, Chair of the Cultural Committee, along with other UPOU faculty and staff members also attended the said event.

This exhibit was first shown during the 4th Higher Education Summit on Gender Issues (HESGI) held on 27-28 January 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). UPOU, through the Office of Gender Concerns and the Cultural Committee, was tasked to spearhead the exhibit in cooperation the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Women's Studies Association of the Philippines (WSAP) and the Asian Association of Women's Studies (AAWS). The exhibit is on display at the UPOU Community hub until 31 March 2016.

Other activities lined up for March included the forum "Towards Gender Equality and Justice: The Role of Men in Stopping Violence against Women" held on on 11 March 2016 and "Hugot ng Bayan para sa Halalan: A Forum on the People's Agenda for National Election 2016" held on 29 March 2016.

UPOU forum tackles gender-based violence issues and solutions.

In lieu of the UP Open University’s celebration of International Women’s Month, a forum entitled "Towards Gender Equality and Justice: The Role of Men in Stopping Violence against Women" was spearheaded by the Office of Gender Concerns (OGC). This was held on 11 March 2016 at the Audio Visual Room, UP Open University Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna.

Dr. Primo Garcia, Concurrent Director of the Information Office and Multimedia Center of the UP Open University, welcomed the participants and opened the forum. He mentioned the efforts and initiatives of the university towards gender equality and discussed the vulnerability of women in cases related to sexuality, crime and abuse.

Asst. Prof. Finaflor Taylan, Director of the OGC, introduced the forum speaker Mr. Ricky Bunao, who is also the Interim President of the Men Opposing VAW Everywhere (MOVE) Philippines. He is a Social Welfare Officer and the Head of Haven for the Elderly of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). He also serves as the National President of the MOVE DSWD Chapter and Association of DSWD Social Workers, Inc. (ADSW).

MOVE is an organizational advocacy to stop the prevalence of violence against women and children and prevent domestic violence against men, senior citizens and differently abled. According to the data from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the topmost reported cases that violate RA 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act) include rape, trafficking, and abuse. MOVE also talks about the important role of men in gender equality where men must understand VAW, be aware of the VAW issues, be aware that government is doing something for VAW, and be involved and become partners to prevent VAW.

MOVE also partnered with different international and local government organizations such as Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG), DSWD, PNP, and the Armed Forces. It has recently launched a new program called "He for She Campaign." Mr. Bunao stated that if men are well-informed, trained and educated about Gender Equality and Violence against Women and Children (VAWC), they can be part of the solution to gender-based violence. (Criscelle O. Moya-Pobre)