CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- The Regional Gender and Development Committee Region X (RGADC-X), a special committee under the Regional Development Council Region X (RDC-X), held a levelling session from 06 to 08 April 2021 through video conferencing.
Members of the RGADC-X from regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), academe, and private sector attended the said session.
“This leveling session is part of the continuing effort of the RGADC-X, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), to equip members with a deeper knowledge and understanding of gender and development, which is included in our work plan for the first semester 2021,” said Dr. Jesus Antonio G. Derijie, DVM, President of the Central Mindanao University and the newly-installed RGADC-X Chairperson.
Dr. Derije furthered that through the active participation of members in virtual lectures, sharing, and workshops/case study analysis, the attendees are expected to gain worthwhile, meaningful, and useful experiences for cascading to their respective agencies/institutions with the goal of advancing the Gender and Development (GAD) agenda.
The series of lectures include GAD and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) as a review of key concepts. It also underscored the history of efforts to alleviate the plight of women and the mainstreaming of GAD. Gender Analysis and Gender Tools, such as the Harmonized GAD Guidelines on Project Implementation and Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Checklist were also incorporated through workshops and case study analysis sessions.
The lecture concluded with the topic GAD Planning and Budgeting, as well as, the preparation of GAD Accomplishment Reports of RLAs and LGUs based on the latest issuances of the PCW. Members of the PCW National Pool of GAD Resource Persons, together with PCW senior staff members, served as speakers/resource persons during the levelling session.
The Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710) mandates all government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations and LGUs to adopt gender mainstreaming as a strategy for implementing the law and attaining its objectives of women empowerment and gender-fair society. It also mandates planning, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation for gender and development; the creation and/or strengthening of gender and development focal points; and the generation and maintenance of gender statistics and sex-disaggregated databases to aid in planning, programming, policy formulation, and monitoring and evaluation