Philippine Embassy in Brunei Holds Gender and Development Seminar on Embassy and Attached Agencies’ Services for Overseas Filipinos

Participants at the Gender and Development Seminar pose for a group photo with Philippine Embassy Officers

In celebration of National Women’s Month, the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam conducted a Gender and Development (GAD) activity by holding a Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) on 03 March 2019 at the Chancery.  It was the Embassy’s first GAD activity for the year.

Almost 250 participants, mostly female skilled workers from various companies and Household Service Workers, attended the seminar. Aside from providing updates and information on Embassy’s services for Filipino workers, the activity aimed to apprise the female OFs of their rights as women. Brochures containing information on Magna Carta of Women (R.A. 9710) were distributed to the participants.

Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. Jaybee Arguillas, in her welcome remarks, highlighted the significant role of women in today’s society and how important it is to know one’s rights especially if residing in a foreign country, and the avenues and services available to them should their rights be abused.

Other Embassy officials and representatives of attached agencies, namely, Assistance-to-Nationals (ATN) Officer Mark Arinquin, Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal and OWWA Representative Katrina Del Valle presented their respective programs and services that focuses on the protection and promotion of women’s rights

Pag-IBIG Representative Ms. Edna C. Peñahermoso and SSS Representative Joy Ann Cabading presented their programs that assists the OFs in their monetary savings and investments and empowers them financially.

After the activity, the participants were given tokens of appreciation and were treated to a simple lunch. The Embassy regularly conducts GAD activities that promote gender and development issues for the benefit of Filipinos in Brunei, particularly for their empowerment and enhanced productivity. END


Chargé d’ Affaires Jaybee B. Arguillas explaining the consular services of the Embassy


Labor Attaché Melissa Mendizabal presents the programs and services of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)


Participants to the GAD seminar happily pose for a photo after receiving their Jollibee lunch distributed by the Embassy immediately after the seminar