MGEC names first GADtimpala for Media Awardees

The Gender Equality Committee for Media (MGEC) has named the first GADtimpala for Media Awardees or the most-outstanding media organizations which demonstrated gender balance in various fields.

During the culminating activities of the 2015 National Women’s Month Celebration on March 26 at the GSIS Theatre in Pasay City, the MGEC awarded the following: GMA Network’s “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (KMJS) as the Most Gender-Fair TV Program; DZRH-Earthsavers Movement’s “Radyo Balintataw” as the Most Gender-Fair Radio Program; APT Entertainment and Octobertrain’s “Barber’s Tales” as the Most Gender-Fair Film and the Journal Group of Publication’s “Women’s Journal” as the Most Gender-Fair Print Media.

According to the MGEC, said awardees were ranked based on the criteria of the GADtimpala for Media which are the observance of the Code of Ethics for Media; balanced presentation of women and men; use of gender-fair language; and the non-Discriminatory and non-derogatory portrayal of women in media in film.

The winners of the four categories received a trophy designed by Randolf Clarito of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and fabricated by Estuate Studios.

Associate Producer Romabell Yumol received the award of behalf of KMJS while Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez received the trophy on behalf of the “Radyo Balintataw.”

APT Entertainment’s Tonee Alejo and Associate Editor Rene Bisquera received the awards for “Barber’s Tales” and “Women’s Journal” respectively.

In her acceptance speech, Alejo vowed to “continue producing good films for women and other pressing issues of society.”

Aside from the major awards, the MGEC has given special citation to deserving programs which exemplified gender-balance in their fields: The Veronica Chronicles and Personage with Carla Lizardo, both from People’s Television Network; and Habi Collective’s film “Walang Rape sa Bontok.”

OPM artist Joey Ayala, Aretha Angcao with Sindaw Dancers, NCCA Rondalla and Halili-Cruz Ballet Company pumped the awards night with world-class performances.


Cognizant of the media’s capacity to influence public perception, Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Chairperson Remedios I. Rikken challenged the GADtimpala for Media Awardees to continue to spread gender-fairness in their fields.

“We are happy that there are still media practitioners who are observing gender sensitivity. We wish that more organizations will be inspired by this recognition and become sensitized to feature more women and protect them from discriminatory portrayals,” she said.

The GADtimpala Awards for Media is the MGEC’s response to the Section 42 of the Magna Carta of Women which aims to recognize the good practices of media in advocating gender equality and women’s empowerment.

MGEC is composed of the Presidential Communications Office, PCW, NCCA, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, National Telecommunications Commission, Optical Media Board, Film Academy of the Philippines and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

PCW-GSIS Photography Contest Winners

Meanwhile, the PCW and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) also awarded the winners of the 2015 Women’s Month Photo Contest in the same Awarding Ceremonies.

The following bested other 479 entries nationwide as they best captured the essential representation and role being played by Filipino women in leadership, power and decision making: “The Women in Uniform” by Romeo J. Narido; “Girl Child Teaching” by Klienne M. Eco; “Rise to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls” by Ruth M. Gadia; “Buhay Bukid” by Shaun Matthew A. Vicencio; “Iron Lady” by Danilo T. Esteves; “Women in Power(lines)” by Romado Fermin Javillonar; “Idol ko si Titser” by Danilo O. Victoriano, Jr.; “Women Empowerment in the Uniformed Service” by Gilbert A. Alviola; “Woman. Priest. Peace Advocate. Wife. Mother” by Jerome Velasco Rosales; “Agta Woman” by Katrina Angela B. Rivera; “Mother, the Family Leader” by Ramon I. Castillo; and “Woman Geologist” by Brigido Alcayde.

Each winner received a Plaque of Recognition and cash prize of P10,000. The photographs will be on display at the Theatre Lobby across the GSIS Museum in Pasay City until April 15, 2015.