The Regional Development Council (RDC) MIMAROPA confirmed the expanded membership of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) in the region, during its third quarter Full Council meeting through video conference on September 3.

RGADC Co-Chairperson Juvelyn V. Gumal-in presented the new list of RGADC MIMAROPA members during the RDC meeting, for the confirmation of the Council. From 29 members, the RGADC is now composed of 33 members from the different regional line agencies, RDC sectoral committees, private sector, local government units and a state university in MIMAROPA region.

The members agreed to fully implement the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2016-01 in the selection of its members. This led to the inclusion of the regional directors of the Department of Budget of Management, Philippine Statistics Authority, and Commission on Human Rights, and the RDC sectoral committees’ chairpersons as RGADC members as they are prescribed members of RGADC based on the NEDA-PCW JMC 2016-01. The current members of the RGADC also concurred their continued membership to the Committee.

Meanwhile, the RDC MIMAROPA also approved the creation of the screening committee for the certification of MIMAROPA Regional Pool of Gender and Development Resource Persons (RPGRP) which shall lead the process of application, shortlisting, and levelling session of applicants to the RPGRP.

​​​​​​​The Council also confirmed the election of Dr. Julie Hope Timotea P. Evina of the Western Philippines University as Committee’s Chairperson and MIMAROPA’s  Commission on Higher Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development  including  Economic Development Committee Chairperson Rodne R. Galicha, and Social Development Committee Chairperson Marvi R. Trudeau, as members of the screening committee.

The organization of MIMAROPA RPGRP aims to address the issue on the limited number of GAD experts in the region. The screening committee will have its inaugural meeting this September to discuss the preparation activities in the development of examination questions and other shortlisting documents for the said regional pool.