2023 GAD Webinar Series

The online GAD Webinar Series is the Philippine Commission on Women’s (PCW) response to the mission of providing appropriate and strategic technical assistance on gender and development (GAD) to various stakeholders. Taking advantage of the shift from traditional modes of learning to innovations in information and communication technology (ICT) such as digital, mobile, and e-learning, the GAD Webinars offer an accessible, location-flexible, innovative, and informative platform to educate policymakers, public servants, gender trainers, and the general public on GAD. The webinar sessions are designed to create awareness on gender sensitivity as well as to enhance knowledge and skills on GAD concepts, tools, and their applications to gender mainstreaming, gender analysis, GAD agenda development, and GAD planning and budgeting. These learning sessions aimed at building the GAD-related competencies of GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) members and relevant stakeholders to enable them to fulfill their roles in gender mainstreaming and in the implementation of GAD-related policies and mandates of their respective offices and organizations.

Since 2020, the GAD webinars have cemented PCW’s mandate as a leader in online GAD capacity building responsive to the capacity development needs of its primary clients and stakeholders. While the webinars have reduced the need to organize face-to-face technical assistance, they enabled PCW to provide technical assistance on GAD, gender mainstreaming, and gender analysis en masse to various stakeholders.  As such, they have contributed to the increased knowledge on GAD among the 12,636 participants of GAD Webinars organized from 2020-2022 (9899 females, 2719 males, and 18 not identified).

The 2023 GAD Webinar Series will be offered for free and will be streamlined to six (6) webinar sessions which include basic GAD and SOGIESC, Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Analysis, Use and Application of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG), GAD Agenda Development, GAD Planning and Budgeting and Gender-Fair Communication.

GAD Webinar Guidelines

1. Target Participants

The 2023 GAD Webinar Series primarily cater to government employees, in particular, members of the GAD Focal Point Systems (GFPS) of various government organizations such as national government agencies (NGAs), which include line departments, executive offices, attached agencies, constitutional commissions and other government instrumentalities at the central and regional offices; state universities and colleges (SUCs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), local water districts, legislative and judiciary branches, and local government units, Members of private institutions and civil society organizations are also welcome to register in the webinar subject to the availability of slots.

2. Registration

2.1 Interested individuals are advised to register according to the webinar schedule. There is no limit on the number of registrants per agency or institution. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

2.2 All registration will be made through the GAD webinar registration page. PCW does not require agencies to send an official letter requesting slots for their agency participation in the GAD webinar.

2.3 Registration link or URL will open before the webinar schedule and will automatically close once the number of registrants reaches 1000.

2.4 Each registrant shall use their individual email address to individually register on the GAD Webinar link uploaded to the PCW Website and PCW Facebook account.

Once the registration is approved, a confirmation email will be sent to the successful registrants. The individual email address used for the registration will receive the Zoom webinar credentials, which the registrant will use to join the actual GAD Webinar.

There is no group registration for the GAD Webinar. Each participant in the group is expected to register using her/his active email address.

2.5 Successful registrants (those with approved registration) who are a no-show during the actual GAD Webinar may not be allowed to register in the subsequent webinars organized by PCW.

3. Online Platform

The GAD Webinar is delivered through the Zoom Webinar Platform, which can accommodate up to a maximum of 1,000 participants. Successful registrants will receive the unique link to the GAD Webinar or its webinar credentials, such as Zoom Meeting ID and passcode, through the individual email addresses that they used for registration.

Participants are advised to refrain from sharing the webinar credentials they received, as the webinar slots are allotted only to those who registered.

4. Social Media Platform

Recorded videos of GAD Webinars will be uploaded to the PCW GAD Webinar dedicated page two to three weeks after the completion of each webinar.  Participants and organizations may download these videos for use in their respective training, webinar, or other capacity development activities.

The same recorded videos will also be shared via PCW’s official social media pages. Participants and organizations may subscribe to PCW’s official YouTube channel and official Facebook account to be notified of the registration schedule for each GAD Webinar and the availability of the webinar videos uploaded on these pages.

5. Internet Connectivity Requirements

To ensure the quality and uninterrupted delivery of the webinar, it is advised to secure a stable Internet connection with at least 5mbps bandwidth. To check Internet speed, participants may visit www.fast.com.

6. Training Cost

The 2023 GAD Webinar Series consisting of six (6) GAD Webinars implemented from February to November 2023, will be offered free of charge.

7. Training Hours

The completion of the GAD Webinar entitles the participant to a credit of eight (8) training hours on GAD.

8. Eligibility for E-Certificate

Participants are expected to comply with the following requirements to be eligible for e-certificates:

8.1 Accomplish and submit the Training Needs Assessment (TNA) and Pre-Test Form upon registration;

8.2 Complete at least 50% of the total aggregate training time based on logged-in Zoom sessions (Zoom time logs);

8.3 Obtain at least 70% correct answers in the Post-Test; and

8.4 Accomplish and submit the PCW Activity and Resource Person Evaluation Survey through Google Forms. Participants must provide the correct full name and email address in the evaluation survey.

E-certificates will be issued to eligible participants 30 working days after the completion of each GAD Webinar.

GAD Webinar Schedules

GAD Webinar 1: All We Need is GAD: The Basics of GAD and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC)

The GAD Webinar 1 is PCW’s online module for basic GAD orientation and gender sensitivity training (GST), which aims to develop gender sensitivity as a quality and competency of government employees. Internalizing the gender sensitivity perspective enables the participants to develop an understanding of how gender bias and gender issues are perpetrated by social institutions such as the family, school, media, faith, market, and the legal system, which leads to gender discrimination and gender inequality. It also raises awareness and clarifies that gender equality and women’s empowerment are not competing for goals but are essential means toward achieving the other. PCW updated its GST and GAD orientation module by adding a session on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). The SOGIESC module enables the participants to revisit their heteronormative bias and appreciate different gender identities towards ensuring gender diversity and social inclusion.  


  • Basic Concepts on GAD and SOGIESC
  • Gender Sensitivity

Schedule: February 22, 2023

Registration Date: February 6, 2023

Session 1: Introduction to Basic GAD Concepts
Prof. Rosalyn Romo-Echem, Associate Professor-Western Mindanao State University
Certified Member, PCW National GAD Resource Pool (NGRP), 2nd Batch

Session 2: Introduction to SOGIESC
Josephine Gabriel-Banaag, Independent GAD Consultant
Certified Member, PCW National GAD Resource Pool (NGRP), 6th Batch

Nicole Trisha F. Panganiban, Senior GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

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GAD Webinar 2: G@D 2 BLV! N GM: Learning the Fundamentals of Gender Mainstreaming, GAD Mandates, and Gender Analysis    

The GAD Webinar 2 combines the standard modules on gender mainstreaming and gender analysis.   It aims to enhance the knowledge of participants on gender mainstreaming as a strategy to pursue gender equality and to make it a fundamental value in development choices and institutional practice. Gender Mainstreaming (GM) is a strategy that recognizes gender issues on a sustained basis and promotes the inclusion of gender perspective in the design and implementation of plans and programs to carry out government mandates. Aside from GM concepts, the webinar will also review GAD-related mandates and GM policy imperatives that are essential in fully understanding the basis and history of the GAD approach in the country. Meanwhile, Gender Analysis and the use of gender analysis tools is one of the three basic trainings that have to be undertaken by members of the GFPS and concerned staff. In this webinar, Gender Analysis (GA) will be discussed as an essential element in gender mainstreaming. The session will develop knowledge and understanding of GA concepts, frameworks, and tools to surface gender issues among women and men, girls and boys in households and communities. The session will also introduce GA tools used for diagnosing gender gaps in organizations and influencing the design, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of programs and projects to be gender-responsive.  


  • Overview, Policy Imperatives, and Concepts on Gender Mainstreaming
  • Concepts, Tools, and Frameworks on Gender Analysis

Schedule: April 26, 2023

Registration Date: April 11, 2023

Session 1: Gender Mainstreaming Concepts and Policy Imperatives
Maria Fe B. Singson, Supervising Science Research Specialist Gender and Development Unit
Department of Science and Technology
Certified Member, PCW National GAD Resource Pool Batch 1

Session 2: Introduction to Gender Analysis, Tools, Frameworks, and Applications
Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, Professor, University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College
Certified Member, National GAD Resource Pool Batch 2
Immediate Past Executive Director, DOST – National Research Council of the Philippines

Gillian M. Cortez, GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

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GAD Webinar 3: Towards A Gender-Responsive Agency: The 7 Steps in Formulating A GAD Agenda

GAD Webinar 3 is a learning session on the development and monitoring and evaluation of the GAD Agenda, which is the basis for the annual formulation of agency GAD plans and budgets. The webinar will inform the participants on the tools and techniques for the identification and prioritization of the gender issues to be addressed over a six-year term, which is the timeframe of the GAD Agenda. The sessions will enhance knowledge and understanding of the seven (7) steps of formulating the GAD Agenda, which consists of the GAD Strategic Framework (Steps 1-5) and the GAD Strategic Plan (Steps 6-7). This webinar will also feature success stories, experiences, and lessons of government agencies that have developed and operationalized their GAD Agenda.


  • Overview of the PCW MC 2018-04: Revised Guidelines for the Preparation of the GAD Agenda
  • Steps 1-5: Formulating the GAD Strategic Framework
  • Steps 6-7: Formulating the GAD Strategic Plan  

Schedule: June 21, 2023

Registration Date: June 1, 2023

Session 1: Overview of the GAD Agenda
Karen G. Dagnalan-Dy, Supervising GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

Session 2: GAD Strategic Framework
Renifer R. Francisco, President
Gender Empowerment Consultancy and Advocacy Firm
Certified Member, National GAD Resource Pool Batch 4

Session 3: GAD Strategic Plan
Frances Noelle G. Escalera, Supervising Professional Regulations Officer
Professional Regulatory Commission
Certified Member, National GAD Resource Pool Batch 5

Kristine Anne V. Lee
Senior GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

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GAD Webinar 4: ABNKKHGDG NA AKO?!: Gamit ng HGDG sa Pagpapaunlad ng GAD sa mga Proyekto at Programa ng Pamahalaan

GAD Webinar 4 is a learning session on the use of the Harmonized GAD Guidelines (HGDG) as a gender analysis, planning, and monitoring tool to ensure that programs and projects undertaken by donors and the Philippine government in their various stages are gender-responsive. The webinar will enable the participants to appreciate the integration of GAD elements in the project development cycle. It will demonstrate the assessment of a program and project using the HGDG tool and the application of the assessment results in the agency GAD Plan and Budget and GAD Accomplishment Report. The webinar will also show the identification of mitigating strategies to address gender gaps and to improve the gender-responsiveness of the program/project design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation.   Selected government agencies will also be invited to share their experience in using the HGDG tool for mainstreaming a gender perspective in the program/project as well as for attributing a portion of the program/project funds to the GAD budget.  


Schedule: August 9, 2023

Registration Date: July 25, 2023

Session 1: Overview of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG)
Karen G. Dagnalan-Dy
Supervising GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

Session 2: HGDG Design Checklist
Dr. Jedida L. Aquino
Independent GAD Consultant
Certified Member, National GAD Resource Pool Batch 6

Session 3: HGDG Project Implementation, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (PIMME) Checklist
Ronalyn “Lynx” V. Hufancia
Independent GAD Consultant
Certified member, National GAD Resource Pool Batch 8

Nharleen Santos-Millar Chief GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

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GAD Webinar 5: Ain’t No GAD Budget High Enough: From GAD Plan Preparation to GAD Funds Audit

GAD Webinar 5 serves as the PCW’s National GAD Budget Forum, where the PCW discusses its GAD Budget Call to signal the preparation of GAD plans and budgets (GPBs) and GAD accomplishment reports (GAD ARs) of national government agencies, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations and other government instrumentalities. The webinar is divided into three sessions to show the full cycle of GAD Planning and Budgeting. The first session highlights the essential elements in GAD planning and budgeting as well as the steps in preparing the GPB and GAD AR. The second session discusses the online submission, review and endorsement of GPBs and GAD ARs and presents the amendments to the PCW-NEDA-DBM Joint Circular 2012-01. The final session will feature COA’s revised guidelines on the audit of GAD funds and activities in government using compliance, value-for-money, and fraud audit approaches, as well as GAD funds audit findings when available.  


  • GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) and GAD Accomplishment Report (GAD AR) Preparation
  • GPB and GAD AR submission, Review, and Endorsement Process
  • GAD Funds Audit

Schedule: September 19, 2023, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Date: September 6, 2023, 2:00 PM

Session 1: Procedures on the Preparation of GAD Plan and Budget and GAD Accomplishment Report of National Government Agencies
Elizabeth B. Omas-as
Senior GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

Session 2: Submission, Review, and Endorsement of FY 2024 GAD Plan and Budget of National Government Agencies
Policy Development, Planning, and Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PDPMED)
Philippine Commission on Women

Session 3: Audit of GAD Funds and Activities of National Government Agencies
Commission on Audit 

Colleen Marhey R. Lacuesta
Senior GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

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GAD Webinar 6: In Fairness! Communicating the Language of GAD in the Workplace and in the Community

The webinar on gender-fair communication is a special topic of the 2023 GAD Webinar Series. It is designed to address the need of government agencies for training and practical guide on gender-fair language to ensure gender-sensitive and inclusive content of policy issuances, advocacy and information, education, and communication (IEC) materials, and correspondences.    The webinar will highlight the importance of using gender-fair language in promoting gender sensitivity and inclusivity in the workplace and in the community. It will also demonstrate the application of gender-fair communication standards and tools to create empowered content, avoid stereotypes, and ensure balanced representation and non-derogatory portrayal of women in media products, policy documents, and IEC materials.   


Schedule: November 22, 2023, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Date: November 9, 2023, 2:00 PM

Session 1: Basics of Gender-Fair Communication

Dr. Gina A. Opiniano
Chief Education Program Specialist, Research Education and Innovation Division
Philippine Tax Academy

Session 2: Practical Tools for Applying Gender-Fair Communication

Dr. Mary Barby P. Badayos-Jover
University of the Philippines – Visayas


Kim Harold Peji
Supervising GAD Specialist
Philippine Commission on Women

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