Army Office on Gender and Development gets new chief


    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Office of the Army Gender and Development (AOGAD) gets a new Chief today, Jul. 8, 2019.

    In a Change of Chief of Office Ceremony headed by the Philippine Army Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Reynaldo M. Aquino, Lt. Col. Raquel A. Vilchez turned over the leadership of OAGAD to Maj. Margie G. Mingoy before the staff of the Commanding General Philippine Army and OAGAD personnel.

    The outgoing office chief, Vilchez is set to take up the Command and General Staff Course at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College. In her relinquishment speech, she asked the members of the Army to continue to support the OAGAD programs as it does not only address the gender issues on women but as well as those of the uniformed men.

    “Let us make gender and development a way of life. Because respect for human rights and respect for women’s rights are fundamental. It is not something new or different but it is something that everybody should be aware of,” Vilchez stressed.

    On the other hand, Mingoy will assume as the Acting Chief of OAGAD after serving the office since 2017 as Chief of its Administrative Branch, Chief of Monitoring and Evaluation Branch, and then as the Deputy. She is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Banyuhay” Class of 2002.

    Back when she was still a young lieutenant, Mingoy served as the platoon commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHCO) of the Army’s 51st Engineer Brigade (51Bde) in Luzon. She also served as an intelligence officer and later on as a Commanding Officer of the HHCO’s Engineer Maintenance and Support Battalion in 2005. In 2008, she was deployed in Mindanao and was tasked to serve as the Commanding Officer of Battalion Training Unit of the 52nd Engineer Brigade.

    “The team OAGAD will work to continue strengthening the institutionalization of gender mainstreaming in the Philippine Army towards a goal of a gender sensitive and gender responsive organization,” said Mingoy.

    Aquino recognized the leadership skills and experience of Mingoy in OAGAD and supported her new assignment. “To the OAGAD family, I enjoin each of you to extend the same support and professionalism to your new acting chief. You must all work together as a team to sustain the GAD initiatives that had been established in order for us to be recognized as one of the gender-responsive organizations in our country,” he added.

    The Philippine Army established the OAGAD in 2014 but its gender and development advocacy started as early as 2017. The OAGAD aims to promote women empowerment and bring about gender equality in the Philippine Army.#

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