The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) commended the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) MIMAROPA for its development and continuous administration of the GAD mechanisms profiling and inventory of GAD policies form during the RGADC’s second quarter meeting held through video conference on May 20.
PCW mentioned that RGADC MIMAROPA was the first among the regions to develop and conduct GAD mechanisms profiling and inventory of GAD policies. The tool was approved by the MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) through Resolution No. 2021-075-997, enjoining all government instrumentalities in the region to accomplish and submit the form to RGADC MIMAROPA.
The tool gathers information on the preparation and submission of GAD plan and budget and GAD accomplishment reports, formulation of GAD code/agenda, establishment of GAD Focal Point System, development of GAD database, and adoption and implementation of GAD policies of regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and other government instrumentalities which will be used in assessing GAD mainstreaming efforts in the region.
The Department of Education MIMAROPA, which serves as RGADC technical working group (TWG) team leader, reported that 50 percent of the target 145 RLAs, LGUs, SUCs, and government-owned and -controlled corporations have accomplished the form.
Nharleen Santos-Millar of PCW mentioned that they are looking forward to the results of the profiling and inventory of RGADC MIMAROPA and affirmed that it will be another GAD initiative that can be replicated by other regions.
The meeting was presided over by RGADC Co-Chairperson Juvelyn V. Gumal-in, who encouraged the members to actively participate in the meeting and emphasized the importance of cooperation among the members to achieve gender equality and women empowerment.
Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA, in his opening message, underlined the importance of quarterly meetings as these serve as a venue to discuss, coordinate, and monitor gender mainstreaming initiatives at the regional level. He also highlighted the need to improve the committee’s capacities in providing technical assistance and support in the development, implementation, and monitoring of gender and culturally responsive programs, projects, and activities in MIMAROPA region.
Others topics discussed during the meeting were updates on the certification activities for the MIMAROPA regional pool of GAD resource persons, good practices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA relative to GAD mainstreaming, and highlights of the 2022 National Women’s Month celebration activities of the RGADC.