The Department of Energy (DOE) has taken initiative in breaking the gender stereotype in the energy sector through a series of career talks in senior high schools.
The agency launched ENEREADY: A career talk on Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Energy Sector began at the Fort Bonifacio High School on November 24.
The project aims to encourage students in pursuing a profession based on their passion knowledge and skills, and not on gender stereotypes.
In a directive by Secretary Alfonso Cusi, DOE has intensified the project to promote gender balance and development in the energy sector.
“The mainstreaming of gender in the energy sector recognizes both men and women’s significant contributions by giving them equal opportunities,” Cusi said.
Data from the Commission on Higher Education said that females only compromise 28% of the total enrolment in engineering and other technical courses since 2011.
The career talk was led by women in the energy sector in the liked of Engr. Marha Isabel Dealino and Engr. Katrina Mae S. Royo – electrical engineers of Meralco; as well as Engr. Arlyne Joy R. Pestana and Engr. Pia Louren C. Gatinga of the DOE – Energy Resource Development Bureau that inspired the students on possible career options and job opportunities.
Meanwhile, opportunities in the energy sector for male students were discussed by Engr. Eduardo B. Fernandez of the DOE – Electric Power Industry Management Bureau.
The next ENEREADY career talk is set on November 25 and 28 at the Bagong Bayan High School and General Pio Del Pilar High School, respectively.