Learning Event On Gender Mainstreaming And Finalization Of Gender And Development Plan And Budget For Cy 2016

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Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System Chair Atty. Gandhi Flores (seated - right); Planning and Development Chief, Marilyn Limpiada (seated – third from left); Lead Facilitator Maria Teresa Escubio (second from left), together with RGADFS Secretariat, Chona C. Zamora (left) and DENR MIMAROPA field offices’ GAD focal persons during Learning Event on January 06-09, 2016 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila.


The DENR MIMAROPA Regional GAD Focal Point System started the year right with a learning event on Gender Mainstreaming and Finalization of GAD Plan and Budget for 2016 held on January 06-09, 2016 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila. This training was supposed to be carried out on the last quarter of 2015, but due to the rationalization plan, it was moved to a later date. The participants were the GAD Focal person of each divisions and field offices in the MIMAROPA Region. The lead GAD facilitators in this learning event were: Dr. Marilyn Q. Landicho, Chief Science Research Specialist of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau and Ms. Maria Teresa Escubio, Planning Officer III of DENR-Central Office – Policy and Education Division.


On January 06 to 07, Dr. Landicho discussed the basic to more complex topics in Gender Mainstreaming. These are as follows: gender dynamics with subtopics of basic gender concepts, manifestation of gender inequality, bias and disparity, gender roles / stereotyping, gender division of labour institutions that promote gender bias. She also enlightened the participants on the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) which aids GAD focal persons to identify mechanisms implementing the Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women; HGDG guides the integration of GAD perspective in the development planning process and various stages of the project cycle; this tool addresses the issues of inadequate sex-disaggregated data and statistics for development and planning purposes. Other equally important topic she delved on are the GAD Checklist for Project Implementation and Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation and GAD Checklist for Natural Resource Management Projects; Interpretation of the GAD Score like HGDG Score and the Attributed Budget.
Ms. Maria Teresa Escubio carefully coached every participant on gender and development plan and budget. She started her lecture with the important laws and policies for GAD planning and budgeting added with essential elements in GAD Planning and Budgeting; the General Guidelines in GAD planning and Budgeting; the steps in formulating the GAD plan and most importantly a guide in completing the GAD Plan and Budget template. (Jyferson A. Villapa)