Albay expects new gender-responsive projects in 2015

Legazpi City, Albay Province — The Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (FPS) is extending various capacity development and other inputs to encourage offices and departments of the Provincial Government of Albay to submit more gender-responsive project proposals for the 2015 budget year, towards the provincial scaleup of gender mainstreaming.

The GAD FPS exerted extra effort in conducting Magna Carta of Women-themed trainings and seminars to further enhance capabilities of provincial GAD advocates and champions. Capacity development initiatives include the Orientation on the Magna Carta of Women, the Values-Based Women’s Leadership Skills, and Gender-Responsive Value-Chain Analysis of women-led enterprises.

Recently, the GFPS-Technical Working Group conducted a two-day training last August on Gender-Responsive Project Proposal Writing in Legazpi City, attended by representatives from the different offices and departments.

Leo Llana and Rafael Triunfante Jr., the livelihood and enterprise facilitators, equipped participants on the basics of project proposal-writing. The training upgraded knowledge and skills on proposal development towards crafting programs and projects within the provincial government.. After the training, the participants submitted their outputs for enhancement and for possible approval and funding.

The proposals ranged from highlighting the role of Bicolana entrepreneurs in job fairs, advocating proactive participation of rural women in learning and applying farming and/or fishing technologies, engendering language in mass media and up to improving training design on gender mainstreaming for employees of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay.

Albay Province is a local project site of the Philippine Commission on Women-AECID Magna Carta of Women Project. The AECID MCW Project extends capacity development, technical and funding support to pilot LGUs that will craft and implement gender-responsive policies, plans, programs and activities for women’s economic empowerment and women’s social rights.

Source: Albay Provincial Information Office