In April 2001, through NSCB Resolution No. 5, the NSCB Executive Board approved the Framework for the GAD Indicators System for adoption by all concerned agencies. The Statistical Framework for the GAD Indicator System was developed based on the visions and strategies for gender and development as spelled out in the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (PPGD) and the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA). The Framework showed the interdependence existing between the PPGD and the BPFA concerns and posited that the PPGD visions can be realized by successfully addressing the issues and concerns in the BPFA.
Based on the Framework, key impact indicators needed to monitor and assess the state of gender and development in the country and to show the overall situation of women were identified. The indicators were classified according to the 12 critical areas of concerns in the BPFA. The indicators were then selected based on the statistical requirements of the core GAD statistical framework at the macro level and some agreed standards for selecting the core indicators. As a result, twenty (20) major indicators with thirty two (32) impact indicators were identified. The indicators were then subjected to an assessment process to determine data availability using the following elements: source of data, length of series, frequency, time lag, data disaggregation, mode of dissemination, and other notable information