The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) maintains its advocacy for gender equality and women empowerment.

Recently, the MGB Assistant Director Danilo U. Uykieng signed a memorandum requiring all the MGB offices to use gender-sensitive language in the office.

The memorandum, signed July 18, 2018, is pertinent to the Civil Service Commission (CSC)’s Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 12, series of 2005 re: Use of None-Sexist Language in All Official Documents, Communications and Issuances.

The memorandums encourage all government agencies to use non-sexist language in all forms of communication such as letters, memoranda and other issuances to avoid implicit and explicit discrimination on gender preferences.

The CSC has also suggested some ways to practice gender-neutral language through the elimination of the following: generic use of pronouns such as he, his or him, unless the antecedent is obviously male; generic use of man and instead use people, persons(s), human, human beings, humankind, humanity, human race etc.; sexism in symbolic representations of gender in words, sentences and texts; and sexual stereotyping of roles.

By: Mineral Economics, Information and Publications Division