ARMM installs gender-sensitive facilities at Jolo port

August 5, 2015 5:12 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 4 — The Regional Ports Management Authority in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPMA-ARMM) has installed gender-sensitive facilities and amenities at the port of Jolo, Sulu.

Among the amenities like women’s desk, public assistance and information booth, public address system, and a computer and communication station were installed at the modern passenger terminal building of Jolo port.

The other facilities placed at the port terminal included breastfeeding area, interfaith prayer room, first-aid facility, and priority lanes.

“The project is a manifestation of the vision and mission of the government in providing competitive ports and ensuring the delivery of safe, effective and efficient port services to its users and clienteles,” Irene Tillah, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM) assistant secretary for Sulu convergence, said in a statement Tuesday.

Furthermore, Tillah said the gender and development facilities and amenities in the port of Jolo “are the first, if not the only (such facilities installed) in a Mindanao port.”

She said the facilities were turned-over to the terminal building management last week at the Port of Jolo.

Prior to the ceremony, the DSWD-ARMM has conducted an in-house orientation on gender and development issues for its officials and staffs.

Tillah said the orientation aims at further enhancing their understanding of such concept.

Aside from Tillah, the other officials who witnessed the turnover of the facilities at Jolo port were Suharto Hayudini, persons with disabilities representative; SPO3 Abdullah Sasapan, Maritime Police representative; and, representatives from different shipping lines and stakeholders. (PNA)

LAM/TPGJR

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