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DOLE CALABARZON ISSUES GUIDELINES ON GENDER-SENSITIVE COMMUNICATION

In adherence to a resolution by the CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) requesting agencies in the region to use gender-sensitive language in all communication materials and social media posts, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. IV-A (DOLE IV-A), directed all its officials and employees to refrain from using sexist and discriminatory language in all communication materials and social media posts.

In a memorandum dated October 13, 2020, DOLE IV-A Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena advised all employees that they should be responsible given the limited mobility during pandemic and higher risk of violence against women and to observe gender-sensitive language in their social media posts and communication materials.

“We should ensure that both women and men are represented. As our stakeholders are women and men, both should be seen, heard, and treated equally in communication materials and messages,” Director Jalbuena said.

“In written and oral communications, it is important to be mindful of the gender implications of generic terms. Male-specific generics tend to call up primarily male images for readers and listeners. It is best to avoid such generics, to create a more gender-inclusive language.” he added.

The RDC Resolution was created due to a social media post by a government entity, when it was accused of victim-blaming on their social media post about tips for women to avoid rape which advises women not to wear skimpy clothes and not to drink when on a date.

Likewise, on June 2020, another government entity was also accused of victim-blaming because of social media posts which asked women not to wear skimpy clothes to avoid sexual harassment.

Due to these incidents, the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) in the region, in which DOLE IV-A is a member, endorse to RDC its clamor to request all agencies to refrain from using sexist languages in all its communication materials and social media posts.


By:

FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO

Regional Labor Information Officer-Designate

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