A delegation composed of officials from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Panel for Gender and Women Studies and Presidents of selected State Universities visited Brunei Darussalam for gender mainstreaming research in preparation for the ASEAN Integration Working Group Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education, which the Philippines will host in in December 2017. The delegation was led by Dr. Nena B. Asingjo, Chief, Office of Student Development and Services of the CHED.
The delegation paid a courtesy call on Philippine Ambassador Meynardo LB Montealegre at the Philippine Embassy, followed by a briefing for the delegation by Embassy Officials on the state of gender mainstreaming in Brunei.
One of the highlights of the delegations’ visit to Brunei was a meeting with Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Brunei Minister of Education and key officials of the Ministry on 17 August 2017 at the Minister’s Office, Ministry of Education. Ambassador Montealegre accompanied the delegation to the meeting where they discussed both Brunei and the Philippines’ Gender and Development (GAD) programs. The CHED delegation also invited the Honorable Minister and officials of the MoE to the conference.
On the same day, the delegation also met with Dr. Joyce Teo, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and other officials of the UBD. During the meeting, both the CHED delegation and UBD officials took this opportunity to collaborate more on the exchange student program between the two countries.
Ambassador Montealegre also hosted a high tea for the delegation at his official residence.
The Philippine Embassy in Brunei fully supports visiting Philippine delegation which undertakes activities in Brunei as part of the Philippines’ Chairmanship of the 2017 ASEAN Summit. END.