DTI brings Gender and Development paradigm in developing enterprises

In photo: (1) Team of Canadian International Development Agency and GREAT Women Project Officers observing Gender-Responsive Value Chain Analysis Training in Leyte, (2) product sample of a woman matweaver in Leyte, (3) & (4) mission visit to women matweavers of Leyte.

The Department of Trade and Industry delivered a training-workshop on Gender-Responsive Value Chain Analysis (GR-VCA) in Tacloban City, Leyte last October 26-27, 2011. As a GREAT Women Project partner, the DTI is piloting the GR-VCA training in GWP provinces.

GR-VCA Training-Workshop allowed participants to appreciate gender and development (GAD) as a paradigm and apply the gender equality and women’s empowerment framework in developing small and medium enterprises. The Training-Workshop promoted the introduction of gender-responsive interventions throughout the value chain of subsectors. Participants underwent an exercise of subsector mapping and market analysis & selection, within which they identify process/stages, operators, service providers, enablers and the municipalities and communities to survey. The Training Workshop also equipped participants in planning and facilitating a Gender-Responsive Value Chain Project.

Officials from the Canadian International Development Agency and the Philippine Commission on Women observed GR-VCA Training in Leyte, as part of their mission visit in the province. Partners that have active replication efforts, such as Quezon and Iloilo, sent participants to the GR-VCA training. A related development, DTI announced in the 10th Project Steering Committee Meeting its plans of delivering GR-VCA in its regional offices.