The Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) MIMAROPA initiated the development of a GAD mainstreaming framework for the indigenous cultural communities (ICCs)/indigenous peoples (IPs) during its fourth quarter meeting held through video conference on November 12.

The RGADC, through the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA, as its secretariat, presented a draft GAD mainstreaming framework for ICCs and IPs as part of the agreement during its last meeting in August to develop a framework on how to cascade the GAD perspectives and initiatives to the ICCs/IPs in MIMAROPA. The Committee members favorably adopted the draft framework but agreed to further improve the draft by conducting consultation workshops with the IPs, transforming it into Filipino language for better appreciation of the IPs, and endorsing it to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) MIMAROPA, as the lead agency responsible in the protection and promotion of the IP rights and welfare. ​​​​​​​

The meeting was presided over by RGADC Co-Chairperson and Private Sector Representative Juvelyn V. Gumal-in. In her opening message, Gumal-in affirmed that with this framework, RGADC aims that both IP men and women will have equal access to and control over resources, decision-making, and benefits.

Meanwhile, MIMAROPA Regional Development Council Vice-Chairperson and NRO  MIMAROPA Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza emphasized that the IPs shall not be left behind as the RGADC realizes its vision of making MIMAROPA the destination of choice where women and men enjoy gender equality and justice toward inclusive growth and sustainable development.

​​​​​​​Others topics discussed during the meeting were the following: (a) conduct of the online GAD planning and budgeting forum for the regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, and government-owned and controlled corporations; (b) schedule of the administration of the GAD tool developed by RGADC; (c) call for applications for the MIMAROPA regional pool of GAD resource persons; and (d) activities for the 18-day campaign to end violence against women.