In observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) from November 25 to December 12, 2020, the FPA Gender and Development Focal Point System (FPA GADFPS) organized a video making contest dubbed ‘GAD Digishorts Contest’, which aimed to promote the different forms of violence being experienced by women of all ages.
The contest entailed the submission of a VAWC related 3- 6 minute video either in a form of documentary, short-fillm, infomercial, etc. by the different Divisions in the FPA Central Office and the Regional Field Units. Six are able to submit their entries.
The short-film titled “Juana’ by the Planning, Management and Information Division (PMID) was awarded the Champion. The first runner-up was bagged by “Likaw” of the Finance and Administrative Division (FAD), the second runner-up - “Magda” by the Office of the Executive Director (OED), the third runner-up -“Its aVAWTime” by the Laboratory Services Division (LSD), the fourth runner-up -“Haligi” by the Field Unit VII and the fifth runner-up- “La Casa de Violencia” by the Field Unit XI.
For the Special Awards, they were awarded to Aleni Gonzales and Jianne Figueroa as the Best Actresses, Ivan Layag as the Best Actor, Kelcey Joy Sotto as the Best Supporting Actress and Regional Officer Arnulfo Arausa as the Best Supporting Actor. Moreover, the Most Influencial Video which gained the most number of reach in social media was awarded to the film Madga by the OED.
The entries were judged based on relevance to the theme, storyline, and creativity/execution by artists Maricar Pita-Gardiola and Gino Carlo Gardiola, and Atty. Cheryl Sevilleno- Brigole. The virtual awarding ceremony was held on 11 December 2020.
Other activities by the FPA primarily focused on promoting the campaign online through the use of the customized Facebook Profile Frame and the consistent use the #VAWFreePH and #IVowToEndVAW for all related social media posts by employees and stakeholders.
The FPA also participated in the different activities spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) such as the distribution of IEC materials, orange your icon, and participation to the different webinars on GAD.