Social Welfare Office strengthens Gender Sensitivity among gov’t employees


Province of Davao Oriental – The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office recently conducted a three-day Gender Sensitivity Training and Capability Building on the Localization of Magna Carta of Women in the City of Mati.

The training aimed at creating Gender and Development Focal Point System in the province.

The Department of Interior and Local Government said that there is an urgent need to create or strengthen PLGU GAD Focal Point System to accelerate gender mainstreaming in respective localities.

GAD Focal Point System leads the mainstreaming of GAD perspectives in the local government unit’s policies, plans and programs. This means that the system ensures the assessment of the gender-responsiveness of structures, policies, programs, processed, and procedures of the LGU based on the priority needs and concerns of constituencies and employees, and the formulation of recommendations including their implementation.

In preparing the GAD Plan and Budget, OIC of the Provincial Budget Office Rosalie A. Bandigan explains the 5% GAD Budget Policy which will be sourced out from the provincial government coffers.

Through the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-01 pushed by the Philippine Women Commission, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Interior Local and the Provincial Government’s desire for women empowerment, a localized Magna Carta of women was created in Davao Oriental with Annual GAD Plans and Budgets that provides mechanisms for the development of GAD programs, activities and projects in order to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of women at the socio-cultural, economic and political spheres.

Another output of the activity was also to help inculcate among government workers the equal responsibilities of men and women in terms of their roles in development, as stipulated in the Magna Carta of Women known as RA 9710.

Erwin S. Dalog, former Assistant Regional Director of Population Commission Region XI, discussed gender sensitivity inputs to participants from different provincial government departments. The Gender and Development advocate also shared ideas on Gender Mainstreaming, GAD Database establishment and understanding gender analysis using basic concepts and tools of Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines.

According to Dalog, gender mainstreaming is a strategy in making women, as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects in all political, economic and societal spheres so that men and women benefit equally.

Sarah Gudes, PSWDO Department Head is optimistic to meet all the provincial department heads before this month ends to discuss thoroughly the operationalization of the GAD Focal Point System in the Province.

“On the next gender and development priority, let’s heightened the capacity of men in the society in order to promote and share gender sensitivity,” said Gudes during the training’s closing program. By Van Jorain O. Rufin


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