The MIMAROPA Regional Gender and Development (RGADC) is the first among the regions to conduct a learning session on the formulation of gender and development (GAD)  agenda for state universities and colleges (SUCs). The activity was in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and  was  held  through  video conference on June 11.

The five-hour learning session was conducted to address the absence of organizational GAD agenda among SUCs, one of the gender issues identified in the region. It also aimed to orient the SUCs’ GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) members on the step-by-step process of formulating their GAD strategic framework and plan, increase their knowledge on gender analysis, and assist them in coming up with an action plan to develop their GAD agenda.

A total of 58 GFPS members from the Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC), Marinduque State College, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology, Romblon State University, Palawan State University, and Western Philippines University and one representative from Commission on Higher Education MIMAROPA participated in the learning session.

In his welcome message, RGADC Chairperson and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA Regional Director (RD) Fernando R. De Villa Jr. highlighted how the Committee continues to identify learning interventions to  different stakeholders to capacitate them in addressing the various gender issues in the region.

RGADC Co-Chairperson Juvelyn V. Gumal-in also participated in the event and presented the overview of the activity.

Ms. Nharleen Santos-Millar, Mr. Kim Harold T. Peji, and Ms. Psyche Mae A. Asencio of the PCW served as resource persons of the activity.

The participants were apprised on gender analysis and detailed steps in setting the SUCs’ GAD vision, mission, and goals as well as the essential elements of GAD strategic plan and how to translate the GAD outcomes into GAD programs, projects, and activities.

An action planning workshop was conducted after the sessions wherein participants were requested to come up with an action plan specifying activities to develop GAD agenda.

In her closing message, PCW Executive Director Atty. Kristine E. Yuzon-Chaves thanked the MIMAROPA RGADC officers and secretariat for organizing the event and for the strong dedication and advocacy on GAD. She also acknowledged RD  Agustin C. Mendoza as the newly appointed head of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA. Yuzon-Chaves expressed her hope that the participants will translate their learning into strategic actions towards the development of GAD agenda in their respective universities or colleges in order to have organizational approaches on gender mainstreaming that are more strategic and truly responsive to gender issues and concerns of their clients, especially in this time of pandemic.

As part of the ways forward, the RGADC MIMAROPA, in coordination with PCW, will monitor the implementation of the activities specified in the re-entry action plan and will continue to provide technical assistance to SUCs on the formulation of the GAD Agenda.