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A focus group discussion for the marginalized sectors composed of senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents, and LGBTQIA++s was held on July 05, 2022, at Babaylan Training Room, Gender and Development Resource Center (GADRC), Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite. The discussion aims to identify the specific needs of the marginalized sectors and strengthen the partnership with the stakeholders for program planning and development.

Dr. Almira G. Magcawas, Director, Extension Services, discussed the purpose of the focus group discussion highlighting the need of validating and assessing participants’ needs and expectations to promote equality and fairness in our society.

Dr. Magcawas asked the participants on their understanding on gender and development, the challenges or problems they encountered, assistance they have received, and their awareness towards disaster and preparedness.

Participants were able to identify the problems they encountered such as lack of livelihood, health related issues, discrimination, lack of source of income, inadequate medicine and pension or financial help, lack of job opportunities, community awareness of the deaf, understanding and learning sign languages, free therapy and counseling particularly for SPED youngsters, and more simulation or drills for disaster preparedness.

Ms. Marie Shiela Antenor-Haloc, Disability Affairs Officer IV, Provincial Disability Affairs Office, on her closing message, expressed her gratitude to all the participants of the session and assured them that no one would be left behind, especially during disasters and other tragic occurrences that may occur at any time. (MCPSioco)

Participants of the FGD
Participants of the FGD